Rights of Students with Disabilities

Student Rights

A student with a disability is entitled to academic adjustments and/or modifications under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 if:

  • he or she has disclosed that disability to AccessAbility Services in the Center for Student Success;
  • provided appropriate documentation to AccessAbility Services;
  • requested adjustments in a timely manner; and
  • is “otherwise qualified” to participate in the College’s programs and activities.

Hartwick College is not required to provide requested or preferred adjustments, but appropriate and effective adjustments for disabilities that are adequately documented and for which a request is made. While an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504 Plan may help identify services that were effective for a student in high school, the college is under no obligation to duplicate such services if it is determined that they are not appropriate to the current classroom environment and academic standards.

The request for services should be initiated by speaking with an AccessAbility Services staff member in the Center for Student Success. Staff can also assist if students are uncertain about the appropriateness of an adjustment or if guidance is needed in determining additional adjustments.

Student Responsibilities

Students with disabilities are expected to develop good self-advocacy skills and to have full knowledge of the impact of their disability. All students are expected to comply fully with the academic standards as well as the Code of Conduct established by the College.