Accessibility Services Rights & Responsibilities

Students with disabilities have the right to:

  • Full and equal participation in the services and activities at Concordia University Wisconsin/Ann Arbor
  • Reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services
  • Privacy and confidential treatment of personal information
  • Limited access to confidential records. In doing so, however, students recognize that implementing accommodations may become more difficult
  • Information readily available in accessible form

Students with disabilities have the responsibility to:

  • Meet CUAA qualifications (as determined by Admissions) and maintain essential institutional standards for courses, programs, services, jobs and other campus activities. This includes but is not limited to: student code of conduct, residence hall standards, all academic requirements as written in a syllabus, degree requirements, general education requirements and essential functions of student employment
  • Identify as an individual with a disability when an accommodation is needed and seek information
  • Demonstrate and/or document how the disability limits their participation in courses, programs, services, jobs, and activities
  • Follow published procedures for obtaining reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services, or requesting barrier removal

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

  • Establish essential functions, abilities, skills, knowledge and standards for courses, programs, services, jobs and activities or facilities and to evaluate students on this basis
  • Determine the appropriate standards in developing, constructing, remodeling, and maintaining facilities
  • Confirm disability status and request and receive current, relevant documentation that supports requests for accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services
  • Have appropriate staff discuss students and their disabilities in order to implement requested accommodations (particularly instructional accommodations)
  • Deny a request for accommodations, academic adjustments or auxiliary aids and services, and/or barrier removal in facilities if the documentation does not demonstrate that the request is warranted, or if the individual fails to provide appropriate documentation
  • Select among equally effective accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services
  • Refuse unreasonable accommodations, academic adjustments or auxiliary aids and services, and/or facility-related barrier removal requests that impose a fundamental alteration on a program or activity of the university

The University has the responsibility to:

  • Provide information to faculty, staff, students and guests with disabilities in accessible formats upon request
  • Ensure that courses, programs, services, jobs, activities and facilities, when viewed in their entirety, are available and usable in the most integrated and appropriate settings
  • Evaluate students on the basis of their abilities and not their disabilities
  • Respond to requests on a timely basis
  • Provide or arrange reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services for students with disabilities in courses, programs, services, jobs, activities and facilities
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communication except where permitted or required by law

CUAA faculty have the responsibility to:

  • Be aware of and comply with CUAA’s policies and procedures for providing academic accommodations
  • Announce to the class at the beginning of the semester that students who may need accommodations due to a disability should see you during your office hours to privately discuss their needs or contact the ARC to receive accommodations
  • Include a syllabus statement inviting students to disclose their disability and accommodation needs to the ARC
  • Maintain confidentiality of a student’s disability
  • Provide student tests to the ARC Testing Coordinator prior to test time for students who are taking their tests with accommodations
  • Contact the ARC on campus with questions, concerns or clarification if needed
  • Provide approved accommodations (i.e. recording devices, laptops for notes, sign language interpreters, note takers, extended time, etc.)