Rights & Responsibilities
Students with disabilities at Young Harris College have the right to:
- Access courses, programs, services, activities, and facilities offered through the College.
- Work, learn, and receive reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services.
- Confidentiality of all information about their disability except as disclosures are required or permitted by law.
Students with disabilities at Young Harris College have the responsibility to:
- Meet qualifications and maintain essential standards for courses, programs, services, and activities at the College.
- Self identify as an individual with a disability and seek information, counsel, and assistance when necessary.
- Demonstrate and/or document (from an appropriate licensed professional) the disability.
- Follow procedures for obtaining reasonable accommodations.
- Request specific accommodations in a timely fashion, and ensure that the professor is aware of needed accommodations prior to each instance (e.g., each exam).
- Understand the intent of the law. The law was meant to level the playing field and to give equal access, not an unfair advantage. Therefore, students are obligated to meet essential program requirements and are not entitled to accommodations that will eliminate, modify, or fundamentally alter the requirements of the course regardless of disability classification/status. Students must satisfy essential academic requirements and standards of the institution.
Office of Disability Services
The Office of Disability Services has the right to:
- Identify and establish appropriate accommodations for courses, programs, services, activities, and facilities.
- Request and receive current documentation that supports the need for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services.
- Deny a request for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services if the documentation demonstrates that the request is not warranted or reasonable, or if the individual fails to provide appropriate documentation.
The Office of Disability Services has the responsibility to:
- Provide or arrange reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services for students.
- Maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communication, except where permitted or required by law.
- Make referrals to the Counseling Office, Student Health Center, Career Center, and other departments or organizations when appropriate.
Faculty and Staff
The Faculty and Staff have the right to:
- Receive verification of a documented disability from the student in the form of a faculty accommodation letter. The Student Support Plan will be generated by Disability Services using input from the documentation, the student's reported history and Disability Services staff members.
- Contact the Director of Disability Services to discuss accommodations.
The Faculty and Staff have the responsibility to:
- Keep all disability related information regarding a student confidential.
- Maintain the same standards for students with disabilities as are applied to all other students.
- Provide and arrange any reasonable classroom accommodations as discussed in the faculty accommodation letter.
- Inform students of procedures for arranging accommodations at the beginning of each semester. A statement on the syllabus regarding accommodations is strongly encouraged.