Rights, Responsibilities & Confidentiality

Responsibilities of Students with Disabilities

  • Meet qualifications as a person with a disability.
  • Self-identify.
  • Provide appropriate documentation.
  • Follow established university procedures for requesting accommodations.
  • Request accommodations in a timely manner each term.
  • Notify the Office of Disability Services (ODS) if there are difficulties securing accommodations.

NOTE: Receiving services or accommodations at the high school level, or at another college or university does not necessarily mean that WPI will conclude that the student has a disability and/ or agree to provide the student with the same services or accommodations received at the other educational institution.

Rights of Students with Disabilities

  • Equal access to courses, programs, services and activities.
  • Reasonable accommodations.
  • Right to file a grievance/complaint.

Responsibilities of WPI

  • Give notice of available services.
  • Ensure that programs, services and activities when viewed in their entirety are accessible.
  • Review documentation and provide appropriate reasonable accommodations.
  • Ensure that all information will be maintained and used in accordance in a confidential manner.

Rights of WPI

  • Request and receive appropriate documentation.
  • Review and determine reasonable accommodations.
  • Deny a request for an accommodation that would constitute a fundamental alteration of the course.

Confidentiality and Release of Information

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) is the department charged with the responsibility for collecting and holding disability documentation. ODS is committed to ensuring all information regarding a student remains confidential as required or permitted by law. Information will be shared with others in the university community on a need-to-know basis only.

Disability related information is to be treated as medical information is treated. For example, University faculty and staff do not have a right or a need to access diagnostic or other information regarding a student's disability related needs. A student may sign a written consent form giving our office permission to discuss the disability with faculty and staff, parents, coaches, and/or advisors who require further information. Information will not be released without consent unless federal or state law requires it.

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