Student Rights and Responsibilities

Students Have The Right To:


  • Expect all disability-related information to be treated confidentially


  • Receive approved accommodations in a timely manner from faculty or OAA Services. Students should have the opportunity to meet privately with faculty to discuss needed accommodations and any other concerns. Please keep in mind that OAA Services is the only office designated to review disability documentation and determine eligibility for appropriate accommodations based on the diagnosis and recommendations received from your service provider.


Students Have The Responsibility To:



  • Go to the instructor's office hours or make an appointment with the instructor to facilitate privacy when discussing use of their approved accommodations


  • Initiate discussion regarding use of specific, approved accommodations in a timely manner, preferably early in the semester (ie: I have segregated testing and note-taker accommodations, but for this particular course, I would like to take my exams in the class room; and I will need a note-taker).
  • Follow procedures with faculty and OAA Services when using accommodations. (ie: Arrange for exam accommodations at OAA Services at least 1-week prior to the exam.  First contact OAA Services to schedule the date and time for the exam. Then meet privately with the instructor to confirm the intention of taking the exam at OAA Services) 
  • Inform OAA Services of the materials you need in alternate format as soon as possible (ie. eText, enlarged font)
  • Notify faculty/OAA Services immediately when an approved accommodation is not being provided completely or correctly
  • Notify faculty/OAA Services immediately when a decision has been made to not use an approved 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/tutoring assistance are student responsibilities and are not the responsibilities of OAA Services.


  • Act as your own advocate. Work with counselors on developing advocacy skills and communicating your specific needs and accommodations to faculty.
  • Follow up with OAA Services staff as questions or concerns arise about services, procedures, timelines, or responsibilities.

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

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