Rights and responsibilities

Students with disabilities have the right to:

  • Full and equal participation in the services and activities of Wayne State University
  • Reasonable and effective accommodations, academic adjustments and /or auxiliary aids as determined on a case-by-case basis
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding disability information including the right to choose to whom the disclosure of disability is made except as required by law
  • Information readily available in accessible formats as long as request deadlines to ensure availability are met

Students with disabilities have the responsibility to:

  • Meet Wayne State University's qualifications including essential academic, technical, and institutional standards
  • Identify as an individual with a disability and request accommodations in a timely manner and to seek information, counsel and assistance as necessary
  • Provide documentation from an appropriate professional source verifying the nature of the disability, functional limitations, and the rationale for specific accommodations being recommended
  • Follow specific procedures for obtaining reasonable and appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids as outlined by disability services

The University, through faculty and staff, has the right to:

  • Maintain the University academic standards, which include establishing essential functions, abilities, skills, knowledge and standards for courses, programs, services, jobs and activities or facilities and to evaluate students on this basis
  • Confirm disability status and request and receive current, relevant documentation that supports requests for accommodations, academic adjustments and /or auxiliary aids and services
  • Select among equally effective/appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services
  • Have appropriate staff discuss students and the nature of their disabilities given signed consent in order to implement requested accommodations, particularly instructional accommodations
  • Deny requests for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids when disability documentation does not identify a specific disability, fails to verify the need for the requested services, or is not provided in a timely manner
  • Deny requests for accommodations, adjustment, and/or auxiliary aids that are inappropriate or unreasonable based on disability documentation including any that:
  1. Pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others
  2. Constitute a substantial change or alteration of an essential course element or program standard
  3. Pose undue financial or administrative burden on the University