Rights and Responsibilities

ASU faculty and staff have the right to:

  • Require students with disabilities to provide proof of registration with the Counseling Student Disability Services Center (CSDS)
  • Expect students with disabilities to communicate their requests for accommodations in a timely manner ( recommended 2 weeks into the semester)
  • Uphold standards for courses and expect that, with or without accommodations, students with disabilities will complete the same or equal course requirements

ASU faculty and staff have the responsibility to:

  • Ensure that reasonable accommodations are arranged, provided, or allowed
  • Provide information and materials in alternative formats upon request
  • Treat all students with the same fundamental fairness
  • Follow the confidentiality guidelines and laws outlined in this document
  • Make students with disabilities aware of procedures for securing accommodations by including a statement in their syllabi
  • Make the syllabus and other class materials available in alternative format upon request
  • Suggested Language for Syllabi for Students with Disabilities

ASU students with disabilities have the right to:

  • Receive equal education as students without disabilities
  • Receive reasonable academic and non-academic accommodations

ASU students with disabilities have the responsibility to:

  • Request academic accommodations from the Student Disability Coordinator each semester they are needed
  • Provide the Student Disability Coordinator with all documents necessary to obtain accommodations
  • Deliver the accommodations letters to their professors
  • Attend class or log in (online classes) regularly
  • Alert their professors of academic/classroom concerns as soon as they occur
  • Alert the Student Disability Coordinator of academic/non-academic concerns as soon as they occur

Faculty Rights/Responsibilities Summarized (when accommodating students with disabilities)

  • Taped Lectures – It is the faculty member’s right to request a written agreement before allowing the student to tape record the class.  The agreement is provided by Student Disability Services.
  • Classroom Behavior – All university students must adhere to the university code of conduct regardless of  the disability.  Infractions of this code should be directed to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Success (VPSAS) in the Office of Student Affairs.  If the student has been identified as a student with a disability, this information should be provided to the VPSAS to facilitate collaboration with the Student Disability Coordinator.
  • Alternative Testing – An alternative testing site is provided by the University Testing Center located in Billy C. Black Building 195.
  • Shared Responsibility – As an employee of Albany State University who has compliance obligations under federal laws, it is the responsibility of the faculty to assume a shared responsibility in providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities.  The  university is responsible for implementation and, as an employee, faculty are required to adhere to the policies and procedures. The responsibility of meeting the academic needs of individuals with disabilities through reasonable accommodations has been assigned to the Student Disability Coordinator.
  • Referral – If a faculty member is notified by a student that he/she has a disability or if the student brings a medical statement to the instructor, it is the faculty member’s responsibility to refer the student with his/her medical statement to Student Disability Coordinator.  Also, if an instructor notices that a student is not performing up to standards and suspects there might be a learning disability, it is recommended that he/she refer the student to Disability Services.