Student Rights and Responsibilities

Students with disabilities at Lamar University have the right to:

  • Equal access to courses, programs, services and activities offered through the university.
  • An equal opportunity to learn and to receive reasonable accommodations and academic adjustments in an effort to diminish the effect of the disability on academic functioning.
  • Self-determine who will receive student released disability-related materials and information within and outside the university.
  • All other rights and privileges available to other students at Lamar University.

Students with disabilities at Lamar University have the responsibility to:

  • Meet qualifications and maintain essential institutional standards for courses, programs and activities.
  • Self-identify as an individual with a disability when an accommodation is needed and to seek information, counsel and assistance as necessary in a timely fashion.
  • Demonstrate and/or provide relevant documentation (from an appropriate professional) on how the disability presents functional limitations in regards to participation in courses, programs, services and activities.
  • Follow university procedures for obtaining reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services.

Rights and Responsibilities of Lamar University

Lamar University has the right to:

  • Identify and establish essential functions, abilities, skills, knowledge, requirements and standards for courses, programs, services and activities, and to evaluate students on this basis.
  • Request and receive, through the Disability Resource Center, current documentation that supports requests for accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services.
  • Deny a request for accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services if the documentation demonstrates that the request is not warranted, or if the individual fails to provide appropriate documentation.
  • Select among equally effective accommodations, adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services.
  • Refuse an unreasonable accommodation, adjustment, and/or auxiliary aid or service that imposes a fundamental alteration of a program or activity of the University.

Lamar University has the responsibility to:

  • Provide to students with disabilities information in accessible formats upon request.
  • Ensure that courses, programs, services and activities, when viewed in their entirety, are available in the most integrated and appropriate settings.
  • Evaluate students on their abilities and not their disabilities.
  • Provide or arrange for reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services for students with disabilities in courses, programs, services and activities.
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communication except where permitted or required by law or when the student requests that such information be shared.