Rights and Responsibilities

Rights of Students with Disabilities

  • Expect all disability-related information to be treated as confidential. CASS is the office at the university that has been designated to review disability documentation to determine eligibility for accommodations.
  • Receive appropriate accommodations in the classroom and/or campus
  • Appeal decisions regarding accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids.

Responsibilities of Students with Disabilities

  • Disclose disability to CASS and provide adequate medical documentation to verify the existence of a disability that supports the need for an accommodation.
  • Request accommodations two weeks before the semester starts by contacting CASS so that an accommodation request letter can be prepared by the first day of class. This does not apply to students who need an accommodation that requires advance planning, such as readers, interpreters, accessible classrooms, etc. (Please refer to Priority Registration)
  • Discuss with faculty accommodations needed in the classroom and provide him/her with accommodation letter to support request.
    • The student should schedule a meeting with the professor NO LATER than the second week of classes to clarify any accommodation needs or questions pertaining to the classroom environment or course assignments.
    • If the student requests services later in the semester, the student should discuss accommodation needs with faculty as soon as possible.
  • Follow procedures with faculty and CASS to receive an appropriate accommodation.
  • Support Services: If a student needs any of the following services, he/she should notify CASS as soon as possible to permit coordination. This may include the use of an interpreter, note taker, reader, scribe, adapted computer and/or specialized technology, or test Proctoring/special testing.
  • Personal independent living needs or other personal disability-related needs such as coordinating services of personal care attendants or acquiring homework assistance is the responsibility of the student and not CASS.
  • Special testing services: It is the student’s responsibility to notify his/her instructors that a test must be made available to CASS far enough in advance to allow for the processing of alternative print format requirements, and/or the scheduling of a scribe or an interpreter if the student is visually or hearing impaired respectively.
  • Adhere to the UTEP student code of conduct and meet academic and technical standards required for admission or participation in the educational program or activity.
    • Every student is held to the same high standards. The university is not obligated to provide an accommodation that will require substantial change to course or program or activity.
  • Attend classes regularly
    • Class attendance is a reasonable expectation for college students.
    • If the student is unable to attend classes because of a disability, he or she should contact the professors and CASS immediately.
    • Absence consideration may be made on an individual basis when accommodation does not substantially alter essential elements of the course or program or activity.
  • Abuse/misuse of support services: If in-class support services (e.g. interpreters or note takers) are misused or abused by any CASS student, these services may be suspended. Examples of misuse or abuse include but are not limited to: a) sleeping in class, b) Drop class, c) ignoring the interpreter, or d) academic dishonesty or e) due to medical issues fail to inform CASS about not attending classes.
  • Bring concerns about accommodations or services to CASS in a timely manner
    • CASS is usually able to help correct problems as they arise
    • However, if efforts to resolve the problem are unsuccessful, students have the right to file a grievance through CASS.
    • Personal Information: It is the students responsibility to be sure CASS has his/her current home and mailing address, phone numbers and email address if different than the one assigned by the university.