Rights and Responsibilities


Rights and Responsibilities To Assure Educational Access for Students with Disabilities


Educational access is the provision of classroom accommodations, auxiliary aids and services to ensure equal educational opportunities for all students regardless of disability. Creating equal educational opportunities is a collaborative effort between the student, the faculty member, and the Learning Support Services for Students with Disabilities (LSS).

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 protect students with disabilities from discrimination that may occur as a result of misconceptions, attitudinal barriers, and/or failure of the institution to provide appropriate accommodations, auxiliary aids, or services. Examples of accommodations and auxiliary aids include, but are not limited to: qualified interpreters, notetakers, extra time for exams, and educational materials in alternate format (i.e. Braille, audiotape, electronic format, enlarged print).

Who Benefits?

  • Students with Disabilities - A disability includes any physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity.
  • All Faculty and Teaching Associates - Instructors are assisted in their responsibility to teach all students in their classes and to provide equal access to education.
  • Learning Support Services for Students with Disabilities - The office provides a system for service coordination to better meet student needs.
  • Pacific University - By providing educational access for all students, the university meets its mandated responsibilities and enhances campus diversity.


Principles of ACCESS

A - Accessibility: Faculty members play a major role in making their classrooms accessible to all students.

C - Communication: It is imperative that students with disabilities, faculty members, and LSS communicate on a regular basis.

C - Confidentiality: All instructors and LSS staff must respect a student's right to confidentiality.

E - Eligibility for Accommodations: LSS is the office designated to determine eligibility for federally mandated academic accommodations and services.

S - Student Responsibility: Students have a responsibility in ensuring they get the necessary services.

S - Support: Both faculty and LSS work together to support students in their legal right to access an education.



This document is cited from The Ohio State University Partnership Grant, Improving the Quality of Education for Students with Disabilities