Rights and Responsibilities

Faculty, students with disabilities, and Disability Services for Students have rights and responsibilities related to reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Montana Human Rights Act. Collaborative efforts among these three parties ensure equal access.

Faculty is responsible to create and maintain an accessible learning environment, while at the same time maintaining academic standards. Faculty expects the student to initiate accommodation requests and provides reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access. Faculty also refers students to Disability Services when necessary and refrains from retaliation against individuals advocating for accessibility.

Students have the right to equal opportunities for education and participation in University activities. Students must meet or exceed the essential requirements of the University of Montana with or without accommodations. Students initiate the request for accommodations and/or services in a timely manner, communicate with faculty regarding accommodations and work with their Disability Services coordinators as needed.

Disability Services for Students determines the students' eligibility, coordinates and provides reasonable accommodations. Disability Services responds in a timely manner to students who request accommodations and services. Disability Services emphasizes collaborative partnership with faculty and other campus community members to assure that the UM programs are accessible and usable by students with disabilities.

Student's Confidentiality and Faculty's Right

All students' documents which Disability Services collects are regarded with strict confidentiality. Disability Services does not reveal the diagnosis of any student registered with us. Faculty members have the right to know the following:

  1. The student has a disability verified by Disability Services.
  2. How the disability or condition limits the student.
  3. Recommended reasonable accommodations or academic adjustments for the student.

There must be a logical link between the functional limitations and the recommended accommodations or adjustments.

No documents will be released to any internal or external individual, departments or agency without the written permission of the student or the student's guardian. Instructors are cautioned against identifying students with disabilities unnecessarily to their peers or other colleagues without the student's consent. For example, announcing at the beginning of an exam that all disabled students should come to the front of the class would violate the students' right to confidentiality.