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Each person involved in your education has certain rights and responsibilities. Rights are things that you receive regardless of your actions. Responsibilities are things that you must do in order to be successful. Click on the links below to learn more about the rights and responsibilities of the student, faculty, parents, and the staff of Disability Support Services.

Please also read these Myths and Misconceptions Regarding Higher Education and Accommodations

Rights and Responsibilities of the Student

The student has the responsibility to…

  • Meet the academic and technical standards of the College.
  • Identify themselves to Disability Support Services as soon as possible in order to receive accommodations.
  • Provide appropriate documentation of their disability and the accommodations needed, and follow procedures for receiving accommodations.
  • Advocate for themselves. The College cannot help unless you ask for it.

The student has the right to…

  • An equal opportunity to learn and participate in the College community, with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • Confidentiality of all information regarding their disability.
  • Information about all accommodations and auxiliary aids that are made available by the College, and how to request services.
  • Appeal a decision regarding accommodations, and information about the appeals process.

Rights & Responsibilities of Students with Disabilities

An individual with a disability has a right to an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from programs offered at the College of Southern Maryland

  1. Individuals with a disability have the same obligation as any other student to meet and maintain the institution’s academic and technical standards.
  2. Individuals with a disability have a responsibility to identify themselves as needing accommodations in a timely fashion. When the disability is not obvious, the student must provide documentation from an appropriate professional.
  3. Individuals with a disability have the right to an equal opportunity to learn. They have a right to reasonable accommodations in aspects of their educational experiences; such as location, delivery system, or instructional methodologies that limit access, participation, or their ability to benefit.
  4. Individuals with a disability have the right to an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the academic community. This includes access to services, benefits, activities and transportation. These services must be comparable to those provided to any student.
  5. Individuals with a disability have the responsibility to advocate for their own needs and to seek information and assistance as is necessary for them to be effective.
  6. Individuals with a disability must provide documentation not older than three years from an appropriate professional. (If the disability is not obvious, but the individual is regarded as being disabled, it is the responsibility of the individual to demonstrate or document how his/her disability limits his/her ability to benefit from a particular instructional method or evaluation criteria when a request is made for accommodations.)
  7. Individuals with a disability have the right of confidentiality of all information and can choose to whom information pertaining to their disability should be disclosed.
  8. Individuals with a disability have the right to information regarding the availability of auxiliary aids and other possible accommodations, as well as the procedure for making requests for these services.
  9. Individuals with a disability have the responsibility to follow published procedures for making such requests and must do so in a timely fashion. Information on the procedures can be obtained in the Student Success Center/Disability Support Office in Room 123 of the LR Building.
  10. Individuals with a disability have the right to appeal a decision by the institution regarding auxiliary aids or modifications and must be informed of procedures for initiating an appeal. Information on the appeals process can be obtained in the Student Success Center/Disability Support Office.
  11. Individuals with a disability have a responsibility to demonstrate or document how their disability affects a particular delivery system, instructional method, or evaluation criteria when requesting accommodations.

Student Code of Conduct

In addition to the rights and responsibilities listed here, all students are expected to comply with the Student Code of Conduct set forth by the College of Southern Maryland.

Rights and Responsibilities of Faculty

Faculty have the right to:

  • Maintain the academic standards of courses and programs.
  • Expect all students to participate in course-related activities within the scope of their accommodation plan.
  • Request verification of the need for an accommodation from Disability Support Services.
  • Be informed enough about a student’s disability to be able to comply with the accommodation plan. This does not mean the student is required to share details about his or her disability, only that the faculty member should be able to provide reasonable accommodation.

Faculty have the responsibility to:

  • Maintain confidentiality regarding students and their disabilities.
  • Refer students who disclose to them a disability to Disability Support Services for appropriate accommodation requests and services, as well as inform students of the availability of accommodation services.
  • Comply with the accommodation plans for each student. If there are any questions or disputes, please contact Disability Support Services.

The Faculty Handbook contains the College's policy regarding students with disabilities and faculty - Download the Faculty Handbook excerpt here.

Rights and Responsibilities of Parents

Unlike in the K-12 education system, parents have few to no rights or responsibilities regarding their child’s education when he or she enters college. The parent’s role is now a supportive one rather than the primary advocate. College students are considered responsible adults and are responsible for their own education, regardless of whether or not they are over 18. The institution may not disclose any information regarding the student, academic or otherwise, to any third party, parents included, unless the student gives express written permission.

This does not mean, however, that parents cannot be actively involved in preparing their son or daughter for college and supporting him or her throughout his or her academic career. Parents can suggest that their son or daughter seek accommodations early, and help them find where to go, but it is ultimately the student’s responsibility. Parents can also encourage the student to develop independence and self-advocacy, both academic and personal. Parents can also give moral support during the transitional phase and help students develop an adequate support network.

Rights and Responsibilities of the College of Southern Maryland

The College of Southern Maryland has the responsibility to:

  • Maintain the academic and technical standards of a quality educational program.
  • Ensure that all information, activities, programs, and facilities are accessible to all students.
  • Ensure that applicants and students are tested or evaluated solely on their abilities and that evaluation does not unfairly discriminate against an individual with a disability.
  • Make reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities.
  • Inform employees, applicants, and students of the availability of accommodations and auxiliary aids and how to request them.
  • Inform individuals of the appeals process if a request for accommodation is denied.

The College of Southern Maryland has the right to:

  • Identify and establish the necessary criteria for success in its programs and courses and to evaluate students on this basis. Fundamental program and course standards are not subject to modification.
  • Request documentation as proof of a disability that must support any request for accommodation. If documentation does not demonstrate that an accommodation is necessary or if the student fails to provide documentation, the College has the right to deny the request.
  • Refuse any unreasonable accommodations.
  • Select and recommend equally effective accommodations.

Rights and Responsibilities of the College of Southern Maryland

The College of Southern Maryland recognizes that its basic responsibility is to do the following:

  1. Identify and maintain the academic and technical standards that are fundamental to providing a quality academic program, while ensuring the rights of individuals with disabilities.
  2. The College of Southern Maryland has the right to identify and establish the abilities, skills, and knowledge necessary for success in its programs and courses and to evaluate applicants and students on this basis.
  3. The College of Southern Maryland is responsible for ensuring that its recruitment information and activities are available in accessible format and facilities for all students.
  4. The College of Southern Maryland must evaluate applicants solely on their abilities and ensure that an evaluation method or criterion does not unfairly discriminate against an applicant with a disability. If this should occur, the College will then provide reasonable alternatives.
  5. The College of Southern Maryland must select and administer tests used to evaluate students to ensure that test results accurately reflect aptitudes or competencies and do not discriminate against an individual with a disability. Tests designed to measure specific skills related to fundamental essential course goals are allowable even when the disability impacts those skills.
  6. The College of Southern Maryland has the right to identify and establish the skills and knowledge that are fundamental to academic programs and courses, and to evaluate each student’s performance against these standards. Fundamental program and course standards are not subject to modification.
  7. The College of Southern Maryland determines when it is appropriate to adjust, substitute, or waive any academic requirement that unfairly discriminates against a student with a disability and that is not essential to the integrity of the student’s academic program.
  8. The College of Southern Maryland is responsible for making reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities in the delivery, instructional method, and evaluation system of a course.
  9. The College of Southern Maryland must ensure that all programs, including, but not limited to, academic offerings, transportation, student organizations, counseling, and career services, are accessible and usable.
  10. The College of Southern Maryland has the right to request documentation as proof of a disability. The documentation must support the request for accommodations. The College has a right to deny a request if the documentation demonstrates that no accommodations are necessary, or if the individual fails to provide requested documentation.
  11. The College of Southern Maryland has the right to refuse any unreasonable accommodations or one that poses undue hardship on the College.
  12. The College of Southern Maryland has the right to select and recommend accommodations that are equally effective for individuals with disabilities.
  13. The College of Southern Maryland has the responsibility of informing employees, applicants, and students about the availability of auxiliary aids and the types of possible accommodations available, as well as the procedures for requesting them.
  14. If a request is denied, the College of Southern Maryland has the responsibility to inform the individual of his or her right to appeal the decision and the procedures for initiating an appeal.

Download a printable version of the College's rights and responsibilities here