Rights and Responsibilities

Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2009 continue to provide direction and guidance to the university as it reaches new levels of access in all areas. The university and student have rights and responsibilities.

Student Rights

Every qualified student with a disability has the right to:

  • Equal access to educational and co-curricular programs, services, activities, and facilities available through KU.
  • Reasonable and effective accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids as determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • Confidentiality regarding disability information including the right to choose to whom the disclosure of disability is made except as required by law.
  • Receive information in reasonably accessible formats (must meet request deadlines to ensure availability).

Student Responsibilities

Every student with a disability has the responsibility to:

  • Meet KU’s qualifications including essential technical, academic, and institutional standards.
  • Identify as an individual with a disability and request accommodations through the Student Access Center (SAC) in a timely manner.
  • 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.

Institutional Rights & Responsibilities

The University of Kansas (KU) through the SAC has the right and responsibility to:

  • Maintain the university’s academic standards.
  • Require qualifying disability documentation to verify eligibility for disability accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids.
  • Discuss students’ eligibility with diagnosing professionals if signed consent has been given.
  • Select from among equally effective/appropriate accommodations, adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids in consultation with the student.
  • 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:
  • Pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others;
  • Constitute a substantial change or alteration of an essential course element/program standard, or
  • Pose undue financial or administrative burden on the university.