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Student Rights and Responsibilities

As a student with a disability you have certain rights and responsibilities when it comes to ensuring equal access at a postsecondary institution. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has put together a pamphlet outlining the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities. You can find this document online or order a free copy at the following link: Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities.

SSD has put together a document regarding rights and responsibilities that are specific to students using accommodations at UT. Students who register with SSD are asked to review and acknowledge their understanding of these rights and responsibilities in order to facilitate the process of receiving and using accommodations at UT. Students with disabilities who know their rights and responsibilities are much better equipped to succeed as students seeking a higher education degree.

Services for Students with Disabilities

Rights and Responsibilities

 As a registered student with Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) it is important to understand your rights with regards to your accommodations as well as your responsibilities.


  1. It is your right to deliver your accommodation letter(s) to any and all instructors.  You may not need all accommodations for every class, but any professor that you will need an accommodation from must have a copy of your accommodation letter.
  2. It is your right to not deliver your accommodation letter for any class during a semester.  This does not affect your right to have accommodations again for any subsequent semester.
  3. It is your right to request adjustments to your accommodations.  All requests will be reviewed by your coordinator and approved, as appropriate, in order to ensure equal access.
  4. It is your right to have your disability kept confidential as the law allows.  SSD will not share information regarding your disability with any faculty, staff, parent, or other entities unless you have completed a Release of Information and given permission to do so or there is an explicit need to know.
  5. It is your right to have your approved accommodations provided to you free of charge, as mandated in the Americans with Disabilities Act.  SSD will never charge you for your classroom accommodations.


  1. It is your responsibility to meet with each professor during the first week of class, or within one week of receiving your accommodation letters if it is during the semester, to review your letter and discuss the use of accommodations in their class. Accommodations become effective on the date the letter is delivered to your professor.  Accommodations are not retroactive.
  2. It is your responsibility to read each class syllabus and talk with professors about the ways in which the course structure and essential requirements may impact the use of your accommodations.
  3. It is your responsibility to report problems to SSD regarding professors who are not providing accommodations.  This must be done during the semester the problem is occurring and not after grades have been given for the course.
  4. It is your responsibility to request new accommodation letters for each semester that you are going to need accommodations or if there is an update to your accommodations.
  5. If you have note taking assistance as an accommodation, you must attend class and be attentive.  You do not have the right to request a copy of notes from a class for which you were absent.
  6. If you require an alternative test location, or extra time on exams, it is your responsibility to arrange for this accommodation with your instructors and/or schedule to take your exam in the testing space at SSD at least 10 BUSINESS DAYS prior to the exam if your professor is unable to accommodate you.

Alternative Formats: If you have text books or documents that you want scanned this material must be delivered to SSD at least one week prior to the date needed.  A receipt showing purchase of the book to be scanned must be provided along with your request.

Interpreter Services: Requests for interpreter services should be completed immediately following your registration for classes in order to assure this accommodation is provided on the first day of class.

For more information, see Rights and Responsibilities of Students and Faculty