Disability Resources Office

Rights and Responsibilities

Assisting students with disabilities is a shared responsibility by everyone within the University. Below you will find a brief outline of the general rights and responsibilities of the Disability Resources office, student, and Instructor.

Role of the Disability Resources Office

  • To be a resource for University faculty and staff in creating an accessible learning environment for all students
  • Review documentation provided by the student with disabilites and determine appropriate accommodations
  • Discuss with students the process and procedures for obtaining accommodations

Student’s Rights

  • Have access to courses, facilities, and programs offered through the University
  • Appropriate confidentiality with regards to their disability(ies) and disclosure of information except when required or permitted by law
  • To receive reasonable academic accommodations, auxiliary aids or services, and academic adjustments

 Student’s Responsibilities

  • Check their HPU email account on a regular basis as that is the primary source of communication to and from the University
  • Self-identify themselves to the Disability Resources Office and their Instructors
  • Pick up a current version of their accommodation letter or request an electronic copy from the Disability Resources Office within the first week of each registered term/semester
  • Arrange a time to sit with each of their Instructors in a private setting (i.e. office hours)  to discuss the accommodations stated on their accommodation letter and how they will be implemented in that specific course
  • Follow DRO procedures when obtaining accommodations, auxiliary aids and or services
  • Notify DRO and other appropriate offices when taking a leave of absence, transferring to another school, or withdrawing

Instructor’s Rights

  • Ask for a current letter of accommodations if the one presented to them is out dated
  • May deny any retroactive accommodations
  • To not provide accommodations to students who are not registered with the DRO

Instructor’s Responsibilities

  • Check their HPU email account on a regular basis as that is the primary source of communication to and from the University
  • Discuss the student’s accommodations in a private setting
  • Respect the student by keeping their disability information confidential
  • Provide the accommodations that are listed on the letter of accommodations in a way which was agreed upon between student and Instructor