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Rights and Responsibilities

Students with disabilities have the right to:

  • Full and equal participation in the activities and services of The University of Maine
  • Reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids
  • Privacy and the right to have confidential information managed according to law
  • Information available in accessible formats

Students with disabilities have the responsibility to:

  • Self identify as having a disability to DSS, faculty, or staff
  • Provide, at the student’s expense, current appropriate documentation of disability and accommodation need from a qualified medical or other licensed professional (see Learning Disabilities and ADHD Documentation Guidelines and Documentation of Need Forms)
  • Follow the University of Maine’s published procedures for requesting a specific accommodation or service. Note: It is the student’s responsibility to meet the timelines and procedural requirements established by The University of Maine DSS for scheduling exams, requesting assistance, requesting alternate formats texts etc. If the student fails to provide adequate notice of the need for space and/or assistance they are still entitled to the accommodation, but there is no guarantee that it can be provided in the fullest measure
  • Give letter requesting accommodations to faculty when appropriate
  • Meet essential standards for courses and programs; maintaining status as a student who is otherwise qualified, with or without accommodations.

The University Faculty and Staff, through DSS, has the right to:

  • Request and receive current, relevant documentation that supports requests for accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services
  • Determine eligibility for accommodations based on a review of appropriate documentation
  • Determine the appropriate accommodations for each student based on the individual’s need
  • Establish essential functions, abilities, skills, knowledge and standards for courses, programs, services, jobs and activities or facilities and to evaluate students on this basis
  • Determine the appropriate standards in developing, constructing, remodeling and maintaining facilities
  • Have appropriate staff discuss students and their disabilities in order to implement requested accommodations (particularly instructional accommodations)
  • Deny a request for accommodations, academic adjustments or auxiliary aids and services, and/or barrier removal in facilities if the documentation does not demonstrate that the request is warranted, or if the individual fails to provide appropriate documentation
  • Select among equally effective accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services
  • Refuse unreasonable accommodations, academic adjustments or auxiliary aids and services, and/or facility-related barrier removal requests that impose a fundamental alteration on a program or activity of the university

The University Faculty and Staff, through DSS, has the responsibility to:

  • Provide or arrange reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services for students with disabilities at The University of Maine
  • Respond to requests in a timely fashion
  • Provide information in accessible formats to faculty, staff, students and guests with disabilities upon request
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communication