Disability Services

Rights and Responsibilities: Institution/Faculty/Student


Institutional Rights

Southwestern Community College has a right to:

  • Set and maintain standards for admission, enrollment, and student behavior.
  • Request documentation of disability for any student requesting accommodations.

Institutional Responsibilities

Southwestern Community College has a responsibility to:

  • Provide reasonable accommodations for all students with disabilities
  • Remove barriers—physical or otherwise.
  • Ensure nondiscrimination in all policies and practices of the College.

Faculty Rights

Instructors have the right to:

  • Maintain the fundamental nature of course content.
  • Require students to demonstrate knowledge of fundamental course content.
  • Negotiate an accommodation if it doesn’t seem reasonable.
  • Request verification of eligibility of accommodation.

Faculty Responsibilities

Instructors have a responsibility to:

  • Implement best practices to reach a diversity of learners.
  • Share information with students on how to request accommodations and access services.
  • Work with the Disability Services Coordinator to implement accommodations in a timely manner.
  • Be aware of campus resources.
  • Maintain confidentiality of student disability information and respect student privacy.

Student Rights

Students have a right to:

  • Participate in higher education if they are qualified for admission.
  • Equal access to academic content and educational opportunities.
  • Participate in student activities.
  • Reasonable accommodations.
  • File a formal complaint if they feel discrimination has occurred.
  • Confidentiality of all disability-related information.

Student Responsibilities

Students have a responsibility to:

  • Provide appropriate documentation of disability.
  • Advocate for their own learning needs.
  • Connect with Disability Services and other campus resources.
  • Seek a reasonable accommodation in a timely manner.