Student Rights and Responsibilities

Students Have The Right To:


  • Expect all disability-related information to be treated confidentially


  • Receive appropriate accommodations in a timely manner from faculty or LSS. Students should have the opportunity to meet privately with faculty to discuss needed accommodations and any other concerns. Please keep in mind that LSS is the only office designated to review disability documentation and determine eligibility for appropriate accommodations.

Students Have The Responsibility To:



  • Go to the instructor's office hours or make an appointment with the instructor to facilitate privacy when requesting accommodations


  • Initiate requests for specific accommodations in a timely manner, preferably early in the semester
  • Follow procedures with faculty and LSS in order to get the appropriate accommodations. When arranging for exam accommodations at LSS, first pick up an Exam Accommodation Request form from LSS. Then meet privately with the instructor to collaboratively fill out the EAR form (pdf). Once the form has been completed, return the EAR form to LSS well before the actual date of the exam.
  • Inform LSS of the materials you need in alternate format as soon as possible
  • Notify faculty/LSS immediately when an accommodation is not being provided completely or correctly
  • Notify faculty/LSS immediately when a decision has been made to not use an accommodation or the accommodation is no longer needed
  • Provide for their own personal independent living needs or other personal disability-related needs. For example, coordinating services of personal care attendants or acquiring homework assistance are student responsibilities and are not the responsibilities of LSS.


  • Act as your own advocate. Work with counselors on developing advocacy skills and communicating your specific needs and accommodations to faculty.

To better understand Rights and Responsibilities, read our defintion of terms to learn the meanings of some words commonly used by LSS.

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