Rights & Responsibilities

Rights & Responsibilities

Student Rights Student Responsibilities
University Rights University Responsibilities

Student Rights

Students with disabilities have the right to:

Voluntary participation in programs and services for students with disabilities


  • no one other than staff members associated with the Center of Services for Students with Disabilities will have immediate access to student files
  • information regarding student disabilities is considered confidential and will be shared with other University staff only on a need-to-know basis
    • faculty and staff associated with classes the student is enrolled in do not have the right or a need to access diagnostic or other information regarding a student's disability, they only need to know what accommodations are necessary or appropriate to meet the student's disability-related needs
  • information in student files will not be released except in accordance with federal and state laws
    • a student may give written authorization for the release of information when that student wishes to share it with others

Access to college classes, programs, activities, services and facilities necessary to facilitate learning

  • the student also has the right to such access in his or her preferred mode (i.e., Braille, verbal transcription, sign language, etc.)

An interpreter (if necessary) with whom the student is able to have clear communication

An integrated setting

Request appropriate accommodation necessary to facilitate participation in class and campus activities

Protection against discrimination and harassment

  • if a student feels they have been discriminated against based on their disability or are being harassed, he or she should contact Ms. Melinda Phillips, Coordinator of the Center of Services for Students with Disabilities

Safety requirements and restrictions based on actual risks, not on speculation or stereotypes

Participate in campus activities, class demonstrations, and laboratory experiments to the extent that the student's disability does not pose a risk to that student or others

Request academic adjustments that will facilitate the student's participation in class work and campus activities

Modification in University and classroom policies unless the modification will fundamentally alter the nature of the service, activity or course content/standards

Access to information about disability-related services in accessible formats

All other rights and privileges available to other students at Mansfield University

Student Responsibilities

Students with disabilities have the responsibility to:

Initiate services by requesting them through the SSD Coordinator, Ms. Melinda Phillips

Furnish documentation of the disability

Sign a release of information form, allowing the SSD Coordinator to communicate with necessary persons in order to arrange accommodations

Take responsibility for certain arrangements, including:

  • diagnostic testing
  • making arrangements to register for services by Recordings for the Blind (if books on tape are required)
    Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic

    20 Roszel Road
    Princeton, NJ 08540
    Website: RFBD

Follow all of the regular University rules and regulations

  • having a disability does not excuse students from standard rules of behavior or from the normal academic standards
  • for information regarding policies and procedures, go to:
    1. Parking & Traffic Rules and Regulations - Campus Police
    2. Residence Hall Policies and Procedures - Residence Life
    3. Sexual Assault Policy - Campus Police (click on crime statistics) 

Be reasonable in requests for accommodations

Be courteous in communicating with service providers

  • this includes being on time for appointments and letting the appropriate party know if you are unable to attend class or keep an appointment

Let the SSD Coordinator know of any problems, concerns or needs

Use accommodations responsibly, avoiding any opportunities to take unfair advantage

Call for a review of the Accommodation Policy if there is a change in condition that results in a need for different accommodations

University Rights

Mansfield 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 the basis of these things
  • request and receive, from the Center of Services for Students with Disabilities, 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 student 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

University Responsibilities

Mansfield University has the responsibility to:

  • provide information to faculty, staff, and students or guests with disabilities 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 possible
  • evaluate students on their abilities, not their disabilities
  • provide or arrange for reasonable accommodations, and/or academic adjustments for students with disabilities in courses, programs, services, jobs and activities
  • maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communication, except where breaching confidentiality is permitted or required by law, or when the student requests that the information be shared


If you feel your rights have been violated or are in need of additional information, please contact

Ms. Melinda Phillips, Coordinator of the Center of Services for Students with Disabilities
143 South Hall
(570) 662 - 4695

Thank you.