YOUR RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES
As an “otherwise qualified student with a documented disability”
► You have a right to have equal access to MSU’s programs, courses, facilities, and activities.
► You have a right to forego disclosing your disability or officially registering with the DS office, however doing so is required if you wish to use special services and accommodations.
► You have a right to expect the documentation you submit to verify your disability, as well as your contacts with the DS office, to be treated confidentially. Your documentation will not be appended to other university records nor will your use of accommodations be noted on your academic transcript. The contents of your personal file will not be released without your written permission except as part of aggregate data that will not personally identify you, for the formal investigation of a complaint, or as required by law. Seven years after your last use of accommodations at the University your confidential records will be carefully destroyed (shredded) by DS staff.
► You have a right to receive reasonable and relevant accommodations at no cost to you, including certain auxiliary aids that are essential to your particular needs as a student, and to be an active participant in the selection process.
► You have a right at any time to discontinue using any or all of the accommodations for which you have been approved.
► You have a right to appeal if you believe you were unjustly denied accommodations or believe that discrimination occurred during the course of their delivery. If your complaint cannot be resolved with the help of the DS Coordinator, you may discuss it with MSU's Chief Diversity Officer at 202 Howell-McDowell Building or by calling 606/783-2022. You are also entitled to consult and/or to file a grievance with the U.S. Office of Civil Rights through their website: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintinro.html or by calling 800/421-3481.
► You are responsible for providing documentation to DS as part of establishing your eligibility for services. Additional information about this requirement can be found in a special section of this website titled "Disability Documentation Guidelines".
► You are responsible for making an advance request to allow reasonable time for accommodations to be arranged prior to your need for them.
► You are responsible for accessing your accommodations once they are established. It may involve some assertiveness on your part to make specific arrangements with professors and other providers.
► You are responsible for reserving the services and materials provided to you as part of an approved accommodation for your use only. They are not be shared, loaned, or sold to others.
► You are responsible for the expense and arrangement of any personal aids or services that exceed the University's obligation. You can clarify any confusion about this distinction at your initial intake session or by contacting DS in advance.
► You are responsible for renewing your request for accommodations each new semester. Renewal is a simple matter of e-mailing, calling or stopping by the DS office.
►You are responsible for notifying the DS Coordinator if you need help to trouble-shoot a situation, or if you would like additional referrals.
►You are responsible for informing the DS office if there is a substantial change in the status of your documented disability that might alter your entitlement to continued or to expanded services.