Student Rights and Responsibilities

SPU students with disabilities have rights to access, accommodation, and assistance, as well as a responsibility to adhere to SPU policies and procedures.


  • To not be denied access due to a disability, according to the law.
  • To receive reasonable accommodations that provide equal opportunity.
  • To have access to auxiliary aids/assistive technology, as available to other students.
  • To not be counseled toward “more restrictive career objectives.”
  • To receive assistance from the DSS office in removing physical, academic and attitudinal barriers.
  • To not be discriminated against due to a disability or receive any retaliatory discrimination, as protected by law.


  • To identify themselves to the DSS office.
  • To provide documentation of disability.
  • To participate in an intake interview with the assistant director for DSS to initiate services.
  • To initiate specific accommodations by following the procedures outlined in this handbook and the accommodation agreement.
  • To provide the notice within the time deadlines set forth in this handbook.
  • To provide for his or her personal independent living needs or other personal disability-related needs.
  • To assume personal responsibility for meeting with faculty and requesting additional assistance.

Discrimination Grievance Procedures

Internal complaints

Students who feel they have been discriminated against because of a disability or perceived disability should refer to the SPU nondiscrimination policy. This policy outlines the University’s nondiscrimination policy, as well as internal grievance procedures if a student suspects discrimination.

External (OCR) complaints

Students are encouraged to follow the internal grievance procedure in an attempt to resolve complaints. However, students can file a grievance with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at any time.

Ordinarily, the time limit for filing a complaint with OCR is 180 days from the time the incident occurred. View information on how to file a grievance with OCR.

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