THE COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN MARYLAND's
RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The College of Southern Maryland recognizes that its basic responsibility is to
do the following:
1. Identify and maintain the academic and technical standards that are
fundamental to providing a quality academic program, while ensuring the
rights of individuals with disabilities.
2. The College of Southern Maryland has the right to identify and
establish the abilities, skills, and knowledge necessary for success in its
programs and courses and to evaluate applicants and students on this
basis.
3. The College of Southern Maryland is responsible for ensuring that its
recruitment information and activities are available in accessible format
and facilities for all students.
4. The College of Southern Maryland must evaluate applicants solely on
their abilities and ensure that an evaluation method or criterion does not
unfairly discriminate against an applicant with a disability. If this should
occur, the college will then provide reasonable alternatives.
5. The College of Southern Maryland must select and administer tests
used to evaluate students to ensure that test results accurately reflect
aptitudes or competencies and do not discriminate against an individual
with a disability. Tests designed to measure specific skills related to
fundamental essential course goals are allowable, even when the disability
impacts those skills.
6. The College of Southern Maryland has the right to identify and
establish the skills and knowledge that are fundamental to academic
programs and courses, and to evaluate each student’s performance
against these standards. Fundamental program and course standards are
not subject to modification.
7. The College of Southern Maryland determines when it is appropriate to
adjust, substitute, or waive any academic requirement that unfairly
discriminates against a student with a disability and that is not essential to
the integrity of the student’s academic program.
8. The College of Southern Maryland is responsible for making reasonable
accommodations for students with disabilities in the delivery, instructional
method, and evaluation system of a course.
9. The College of Southern Maryland must ensure that all programs,
including, but not limited to, academic offerings, transportation, student
organizations, counseling, and career services, are accessible and usable.
10. The College of Southern Maryland has the right to request
documentation as proof of a disability. The documentation must support
the request for accommodations. The college has a right to deny a
request if the documentation demonstrates that no accommodations are
necessary, or if the individual fails to provide requested documentation.
11. The College of Southern Maryland has the right to refuse any
unreasonable accommodations or one that poses undue hardship on the
college.
12. The College of Southern Maryland has the right to select and
recommend accommodations that are equally effective for individuals with
disabilities.
13. The College of Southern Maryland has the responsibility of informing
employees, applicants, and students about the availability of auxiliary aids
and the types of possible accommodations available, as well as the
procedures for requesting them.
14.
If a request is denied, the College of Southern Maryland has the
responsibility to inform the individual of his or her right to appeal the
decision and the procedures for initiating an appeal.
I have read and understand the above rights and responsibilities.
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