Rights and Responsibilities

Summary of Rights

A qualified [1] student with a disability at Mount Holyoke College has the right to:

  • Be treated with dignity and respect
  • Receive 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

Mount Holyoke College has the right to:  

  • Establish academic course and degree requirements, including determining essential standards and requirements for courses, degrees, programs, activities, and services
  • Request and receive, through AccessAbility Services, documentation of a disability when an accommodation is requested
  • Deny a request for accommodations and services if: 
  1. if an individual fails to provide the required documentation
  2. the provided documentation does not support the requested accommodation,
  3. the student fails to make the request in a reasonable time period (as described in this manual),
  4. the requested accommodation poses a health or safety risk
  5. the requested accommodation imposes an undue financial or administrative burden or fundamental alteration to a program, service, or activity
  • The College may also offer an alternative effective accommodation and will engage in an interactive process with the student regarding alternative accommodations.

Summary of Responsibilities

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

  • Meet qualifications and requirements for courses, programs, services, and activities
  • Abide by the college’s Standards of Social Conduct and the Honor Code
  • Self-identify to AccessAbility Services as an individual with a disability if an accommodation is wanted
  • Provide proper documentation of a disability from a qualified professional in the field of the disability if requesting an accommodation
  • Request an accommodation in a timely manner(as described in this manual)
  • 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
  • Provide courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities that are available and usable in the most integrated and appropriate settings
  • Meet accessibility standards for classroom materials provided by the College, such as presentations, handouts, videos, exams and websites as required by applicable law or as described in an approved accommodation
  • Maintain confidentiality of records and communications as required by federal law

Categories of Disabilities at Mount Holyoke College

  • Learning
  • Autism
  • Attention Deficit Hyper-Activity
  • Psychological
  • Visual
  • Hearing
  • Speech
  • Mobility
  • Chronic illness
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Manual

[1] A student with a disability who meets the academic and technical standards requisite to admission or participation in Mount Holyoke's education program or activity is a "qualified student with a disability."