Rights and Responsibilities


Summary of Rights  

A qualified student with a disability at Mount Holyoke College has the right to:

  • Dignity and respect
  • Reasonable accommodations
  • Receive an education in an integrated environment
  • Equal access to education, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities
  • Confidentiality of records provided to AccessAbility Services according to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Non-discrimination

Mount Holyoke College has the right to:

  • Establish academic course and degree requirements, inclusive of determining essential standards and requirements for courses, degrees, programs, activities, and services
  • Request and receive through AccessAbility Services the proper documentation of a disability
  • Deny a request for accommodations and services if an individual fails to provide the required documentation, fails to make the request in a reasonable time period, or if the requested accommodation imposes an undue burden or fundamental alteration to a program, service, or activity

Summary of Responsibilities

A student with a disability at Mount Holyoke College has the responsibility to:

  • Meet qualifications and maintain essential Mount Holyoke College standards and requirements for courses, programs, services, and activities
  • Abide by the college’s Code of Conduct
  • Self-identify to AccessAbility Services as an individual with a disability if an accommodation is needed
  • Provide proper documentation of a disability from a qualified professional in the field of the disability
  • Request an accommodation in a timely manner when the need arises
  • Follow published procedures for obtaining reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and auxiliary aids or services
  • Follow campus policies and procedures as set forth by Mount Holyoke College 

Mount Holyoke College has the responsibility to:

  • Provide equal access to courses, programs, activities, and services
  • Practice non-discrimination in accordance with state and federal laws
  • Provide reasonable accommodations in a timely manner to students with a disability who present an accommodation letter prepared by AccessAbility Services
  • Provide courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities that are available and usable in the most integrated and appropriate settings
  • Ensure that classroom materials, such as presentations, handouts, videos, exams and websites are fully accessible
  • Maintain confidentiality of records and communications according to FERPA