Rights and Responsibilities

What rights do I have as a student with a disability?

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 protect students with a disability from discrimination. Students have the right to expect that disability-related information will be treated confidentially, and shared only on a need-to-know basis with Temple faculty or administrators. They should expect to be treated in a respectful and fair manner in interactions with other members of the university community. Students should expect appropriate accommodations in a timely manner, if requests are made in advance. Students have the right to appeal decisions regarding accommodations and auxiliary aids, if they believe the services are not appropriate.

As a student with a disability, what are my responsibilities to ensure that my rights are upheld?

Students are responsible to provide DRS with appropriate documentation of disability in a timely manner. They must inform their instructors of the need for accommodations and offer an accommodation letter to support the request. Students are responsible for following procedures established by faculty and DRS to obtain the appropriate accommodations. Students are expected to comply with the university Code of Conduct.