Rights and Responsibilities

Student, Faculty, and SAS Rights and Responsibilities.

Student Rights

Students with disabilities at Trinity University have the right to:

  • Expect nondiscrimination and equal access to courses, programs, services, activities, and facilities offered through Trinity.
  • Receive reasonable and appropriate accommodations in a timely manner from SAS and faculty.
  • Expect all disability-related information to be treated confidentially, except as required by law or as deemed necessary to prevent harm to the student and/or others. Note: SAS is the only office designated to review disability documentation and determine eligibility and appropriate accommodations.
  • Meet privately with faculty to discuss needed accommodations and any other concerns.
  • Appeal decisions regarding accommodations.

Student Responsibilities

Students with disabilities at Trinity University have the responsibility to:

  • Self-identify as an individual with a disability and provide SAS with appropriate documentation of the disability.
  • Follow the set procedures for obtaining reasonable accommodations from SAS and faculty.
  • Request specific accommodations in a timely manner (the earlier, the better), and ensure that the professor is aware of needed accommodations prior to each instance (e.g., each exam).
  • Act as their own advocate by initiating and maintaining communication with SAS and faculty concerning their accommodation needs, and seeking information, counsel, and assistance when necessary.
  • Notify SAS and faculty immediately when an accommodation is not being provided completely or correctly.
  • Notify SAS and faculty when an accommodation is not being used or is no longer needed.
  • Adhere to Trinity University’s academic and student conduct standards.
  • Understand the policies and law regarding students with disabilities.

Faculty Rights

Faculty have the right to:

  • Determine the content of each course and decide how best to instruct students and assess student learning.
  • Maintain the academic standards and integrity of the course.
  • Receive verification of a documented disability from a student in the form of an accommodation letter produced by SAS. If a student does not approach faculty and provide them with an accommodation letter, then they are not obligated to and should not provide accommodations.
  • Expect students with disabilities to inform them early in the semester of their accommodation needs in order to provide them.
  • Consult with SAS to discuss students’ accommodation needs and question and negotiate alternative accommodations if the requested accommodations seem to violate the goals or essential requirements of a course.
  • Be treated respectfully by all students.

Faculty Responsibilities

Faculty have the responsibility to:

  • Identify and establish the goals and essential requirements of the course and evaluate students on this basis.
  • Maintain the same standards for students with disabilities as are applied to all other students.
  • Inform students at the beginning of each semester of the procedures to arrange reasonable accommodations. The use of a syllabus statement and class announcements informing students of this process are strongly encouraged.
  • Provide and arrange reasonable accommodations in a timely manner to students who present them with an accommodation letter from SAS.
  • Maintain student confidentiality by protecting the student’s identity and keeping disability-related information in a protected location.
  • Consult with SAS and the student with a disability if the accommodations requested seem to violate the goals or essential requirements of a course.
  • Understand the policies and laws regarding students with disabilities.

SAS Rights

Student Accessibility Services has the right to:

  • Identify and establish appropriate accommodations for courses, programs, services, activities, and facilities.
  • Request and receive current documentation that supports the need for reasonable and appropriate accommodations prior to them being initiated.
  • Deny a request for accommodations if the documentation demonstrates that the request is not warranted or if the individual fails to provide appropriate documentation.
  • Expect students and faculty to work cooperatively with SAS to facilitate reasonable accommodations.

SAS Responsibilities

Student Accessibility Services has the responsibility to:

  • Provide or arrange reasonable accommodations for students in collaboration with the faculty and the student.
  • Determine eligibility for reasonable accommodations in a timely manner.
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communication, except when required by law or as deemed necessary to prevent harm to the student and/or others.
  • Communicate procedures clearly to the student and faculty.
  • Make referrals to Counseling Services, Health Services, and other departments or organizations when appropriate.
  • Assist students with disabilities in understanding their strengths and functional limitations and providing them with the skills they need to appropriately advocate for themselves.