Rights and Responsibilities

Mount Holyoke College is committed to a moral, educational, and legal responsibility for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended in 1998. To this end, discrimination against students with disabilities is prohibited in programs, services, and activities. 

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-- meaning a setting that allows students with disabilities to interact with non-disabled students to the fullest extent possible
  • 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 documentation of a disability
  • Deny a request for accommodations and services if:  a) an individual fails to provide the required documentation; b) the provided documentation does not support the requested accommodation; c) the student fails to make the request in a reasonable time period; d) the requested accommodation poses a health or safety risk; e) 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 Honor Code
  • 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
  • Notify AccessAbility Services in a timely manner if there is a problem with an accommodation 
  • Follow published procedures for obtaining reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and auxiliary aids or services
  • Follow campus policies and procedures as set forth by the 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