Rights & Responsibilities

Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2009 continue to provide direction and guidance to the college as it reaches new levels of access in all areas. The college and student have rights and responsibilities.

Student Rights

Every qualified student with a disability has the right to:

  • Equal access to educational and co-curricular programs, services, activities, and facilities available through OTC.
  • Reasonable and effective accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids as determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • Confidentiality regarding disability information including the right to choose to whom the disclosure of disability is made except as required by law.
  • Participate in the interactive process of developing their accommodation plan.
  • Protection from discrimination, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be free from verbal and/or physical abuse.
  • Students have the right to refuse and/or discontinue their relationship with the Disability Support Services at any time.
  • Students have the right to submit a grievance if they feel their rights have been violated in any way. A grievance may be filed pursuant to Policy 5.17 – Grievance Procedures for Students – OTC Policies and Procedures.

Student Responsibilities

Every Student with a disability has the responsibility to:

  • Identify as an individual with a disability and request accommodations through completion of the DSS application and the intake process in a timely manner.
  • Provide documentation from a professional source verifying the nature and extent of the functional limitations caused by their disability, and supports their need for the requested accommodations.
  • Present their Accommodation Letter to their instructors in order to utilize accommodations.
  • Contact their Disability Resource Counselor (DRC) to request adjustments to their accommodation plan.
  • Inform DSS of any concerns related to their accommodations, their treatment related to their disability, and/or any access issues as soon as they arise.
  • Complete an “Exam Request Form” three business days before an exam if they desire to utilize their accommodations for that exam.
  • Return assistive technology and/or adaptive equipment borrowed from DSS.
  • Understand confidentiality and the responsibility of DSS staff to report if they pose a danger to themselves or others.
  • Meet all OTC academic and conduct standards.

Institutional Responsibilities

Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC) through DSS has the responsibility to:

  • Maintain the college’s academic standards.
  • Maintain confidentiality: not sharing information about a student’s disability with faculty, staff, parents/guardians, or other entities unless:
    • Student has a signed Release of Information on file
    • Or there is an explicit need to know circumstance
  • Promote disability equity and inclusion on all OTC campuses.

Institutional Rights

Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC) through DSS has the right to:

  • Require qualifying disability documentation to verify eligibility for disability accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids.
  • Discuss student’s eligibility with diagnosing professionals if signed consent is on file.
  • Select from among equally effective/appropriate accommodations, adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids in consultation with the student through an interactive process.
  • Deny request for accommodations, academic adjustments, or/or auxiliary aids when disability documentation does not identify a specific disability, fails to verify the need for the requested services, or is not provided in a timely manner.
  • Deny requests for accommodations, adjustment and/or auxiliary aids that are inappropriate or unreasonable based on the disability documentation including any that:
    • Pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others;
    • Constitute a substantial change or alteration of an essential course element/program standard, or
    • Pose undue financial or administrative burden on the college.