Disability Services at UMass Amherst

Rights and Responsibilities

Rights and Responsibilities of People With Disabilities

People with disabilities at the University have the right to:

equal access to courses, programs, services, jobs, activities and facilities offered through the University;

an equal opportunity to work and to learn, and to receive reasonable accommodations;

appropriate confidentiality of all information regarding their disability and to choose to whom, outside the University, information about their disability will be disclosed, except as disclosures are required or permitted by law;

information, reasonably available in accessible formats.

People with disabilities at the University have the responsibility to:

meet qualifications and maintain essential institutional standards for courses, programs, services, jobs, activities and facilities;

identify as an individual with a disability when an accommodation is needed and to seek information, advise and assistance as necessary;

demonstrate and/or document (from an appropriate professional) how the disability limits their participation in courses, programs, services, jobs, activities and facilities;

follow published procedures for obtaining reasonable accommodations.

Rights and Responsibilities of The University of Massachusetts

The University of Massachusetts has the right to:

identify and establish essential functions, abilities, skills, knowledge and standards for courses, programs, services, jobs, activities and facilities and to evaluate faculty, staff and students on this basis;

request and receive, through Disability Services, current documentation that supports requests for accommodations;

deny a request for accommodations if the documentation demonstrates that the request is not warranted, or if the individual fails to provide appropriate documentation;

select among equally effective accommodations;

refuse an unreasonable accommodation that imposes a fundamental alteration on a program or activity of the University.

The University of Massachusetts has the responsibility to:

provide information to faculty, staff, students and guests with disabilities in accessible formats upon request;

evaluate faculty, staff, students and applicants on their abilities and not their disabilities;

provide or arrange reasonable accommodations and services for faculty, staff, students and guests with disabilities in courses, programs, services, jobs, activities and facilities;

to maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communication, except where permitted or required by law.