Students have a right to:
- To be free of discrimination because of disability
- To receive fair and equitable treatment
- To receive educational accommodations which are reasonable, necessary, and appropriate on the basis of the specific disability
- To be accommodated with dignity and courtesy in classrooms and other areas on campus
- To expect that faculty, staff, and other students will use appropriate language, free of discriminatory or derogatory remarks regarding disabilities
- To expect that faculty and staff members will keep confidential any personal information that is shared with them in accordance with FIPPA
- To receive an individualized assessment of documentation
- To receive timely delivery of appropriate services, consistent with the notice provided by the student
- To be provided with a prompt equitable investigation and resolution of complaints
Students have a responsibility to:
- To self-identify your accommodation needs to AccessAbility Services by applying and registering with AccessAbility Services
- To provide the required documentation of your disability to AccessAbility Services. A list of required documentation is provided here: [insert link to documents]
- To communicate your needs to AccessAbility Services early in each term (Term Check-in) particularly if you require sign language interpreters, in-class note-takers, course material in alternative format, exam accommodations or adaptive technology equipment as these require extra time to coordinate
- To adhere to the policies, procedures and deadlines for accessing accommodations and services. AccessAbility Services and University deadlines are listed here: [insert link to documents]
- To participate fully and actively in developing an Individualized Accommodation Plan and in the accommodations process.
- To check your UWaterloo email account AccessAbility Services’ Online System regularly for updates and notices from the office.
- To meet curriculum standards once accommodation is provided.
- To contact AccessAbility Services if you need to cancel or reschedule a meeting with your advisor
- To maintain contact throughout the term with your AccessAbility Services advisor, particularly if changes or problems arise related to your disability and/or courses. If you drop courses for which exam accommodations have been arranged, please inform your advisor.
- To use borrowed equipment responsibly and respectfully, returning it by pre-determined deadline
- To manage your time – class work, attendance and study time. Although AccessAbility Services provides reasonable educational accommodations, you are responsible for your academic success.
- To contribute towards a positive, welcoming, and inclusive environment in AccessAbility Services
You can read the entire document at: Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: Roles and Responsibilities