Rights & Responsibilities

Rights & Responsibilities

of People with Disabilities Regarding Access to the University of Minnesota

Rights to:

  • an equitable opportunity to participate in and benefit from employment, courses, programs, services and activities offered through the University;
  • an equitable opportunity to work and to learn, and to receive reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services;
  • appropriate confidentiality of all information regarding their disability/health condition and to choose to whom, outside of the University, information about their disability will be disclosed, except as required/permitted by law;
  • information reasonably available in accessible formats.

Responsibilities to:

  • meet qualifications and maintain essential institutional standards for employment, courses, services and activities;
  • self-identify as an individual with a disability/health condition in a timely manner when an accommodation is needed, and seek information, counsel and assistance as necessary;
  • provide documentation from an appropriate professional which describes how the health condition or disability impacts their participation in employment, courses, programs, services or activities;
  • abide by the University of Minnesota ┬áCode of Conduct (available at http://regents.umn.edu/policies/index/academic/Code_of_Conduct.pdf) and ┬áStudent Conduct Code (available at http://regents.umn.edu/sites/default/files/policies/Student_Conduct_Code.pdf).

of the University of Minnesota Regarding Disability Access

Rights to:

  • evaluate faculty, staff and students, and identify and establish essential functions, abilities, skills and knowledge for their employment, courses, programs, services and activities;
  • request and receive, through the Disability Resource Center, current documentation that supports requests for reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary services;
  • deny a request for reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary services if the documentation demonstrates that they are not warranted or if the individual fails to provide appropriate documentation;
  • select among equally effective reasonable accommodations, adjustments and/or auxiliary services;
  • refuse an unreasonable accommodation, adjustment and/or auxiliary services or one that imposes an undue hardship or fundamental alteration on a program or activity of the University.

Responsibilities to:

  • provide information in accessible formats to faculty, staff, students and guests with disabilities in upon request;
  • ensure that employment, courses, programs, services and activities, when viewed in their entirety, are available and usable as broadly as possible;
  • provide or arrange reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary services in a timely manner for faculty, staff, students and guests with disabilities in employment, courses, programs, services, facilities and activities;
  • maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communication, except as permitted/required by law.