Faculty Rights and Responsibilities

Stockbridge Hall

Institutional Rights and Responsibilities

The University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMass) through Disability Services (DS) has the right and responsibility to:

  • Maintain the University academic standards.
  • Request qualifying disability documentation in order to verify eligibility for disability accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids.
  • Discuss the student's eligibility with diagnosing professionals given signed consent.
  • Select from among equally effective/appropriate accommodations, adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids in consultation with the student.
  • Provide appropriate accommodations, adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids in timely and efficient manner.
  • Provide information to people with disabilities in reasonable and accessible formats by request.
  • Evaluate each request for accommodation on an individual basis.
  • Deny requests for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids when disability documentation does not identify a specific disability, fails to verify the need for the requested services, or is not provided in a timely manner.
  • Deny requests for accommodations, adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids that are inappropriate or unreasonable based on disability documentation including any that:
  • Pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others;
  • Constitute a substantial change or alteration of an essential course element/program standard; or
  • Pose undue financial or administrative burden on the University.