Rights and Responsibilities

Students

Students have the right to:

  • Equal access to participation in the post-secondary education experience
  • Be treated with dignity and respect regarding their disability and accommodation needs
  • Appropriate, individualized accommodation
  • Protection of confidential information
  • Timely service provision, consistent with notice provided by the student
  • Prompt, equitable investigation and resolution of complaints
  • Appeal accommodations decisions

The student with a disability has a responsibility to:

  • Meet admission requirements and on-going academic standards of their selected college program
  • Comply with RRC ’s Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities, as all students of the college are required
  • Self identify as a student with a disability to SAS
  • Provide relevant and current documentation verifying the disability as per documentation guidelines
  • Develop an accommodation plan in collaboration with an Accessibility Specialist/DHHS Manager
  • Make requests for accommodations by contacting your Accessibility Specialist/DHHS Manager at the beginning of each term
  • Prior to starting a new term, release a Letter of Accommodations to your instructor through the SAS student portal
  • Make requests for accommodations by contacting SAS at the beginning of each term
  • Meet regularly with an Accessibility Specialist/DHHS Manager, as mutually agreed, in order to monitor the effectiveness of the accommodations and supports
  • Follow procedures in receiving accommodations as set out by Exam Accommodations and other RRC student support services (e.g., Academic Success Centre)
  • Establish good working relationships with instructors, which may involve discussing with them accommodations or concerns (self- advocacy)
  • Make needs for assistive technologies and/or alternate format of materials known to the Accessibility Specialist/DHHS Manager in advance, so they can assist in acquiring these supports in a timely way
  • Apply for the Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities, which could provide funds for assistive technology/services and help offset costs in the provision of accommodations

Instructors

Instructors have the right to:

  • Determine course content and general methods of teaching
  • Ensure that the standards of the course are not lowered or compromised
  • Ensure that a student has demonstrated mastery of the essential learning outcomes of the course in order to obtain an appropriate grade
  • Fail any student if the student does not demonstrate mastery of essential learning outcomes relative to their peers who do not have disabilities
  • Question, discuss, and appeal a specific accommodation
  • Be treated respectfully by all students in class

Instructors have the responsibility to:

  • Provide a classroom atmosphere that is harassment free, inclusive, and nondiscriminatory
  • Encourage students with disabilities to identify themselves privately
  • Protect and maintain student confidentiality
  • Cooperate with SAS in providing authorized academic accommodations
  • Consult with SAS on questions regarding disabilities and academic accommodations, as necessary

Student Accessibility Services

SAS has the right to:

  • Request current documentation from a professional verifying disability and functional implications within an academic environment
  • Request consent from the student to communicate with professionals to understand the student’s need for accommodation
  • Set and maintain healthy boundaries in relationships with students

SAS has the responsibility to:

  • Treat each student as an individual, and with respect and dignity
  • Maintain confidentiality of all information submitted by the student; release information only with written consent of the student or on a need to know basis with prior consent
  • Maintain documentation submitted by the student and any other written records pertaining to the student’s accommodations
  • Help students determine which support services are appropriate and explain how these services will be provided
  • Provide advocacy and support to students when communicating with instructors, as necessary and with student consent