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Rights and Responsibilities

Students who are seeking services or information from the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) at West Virginia University (WVU) have the right to:
  • Appropriate confidentiality of all information regarding the disability, except disclosures required or permitted by law. 
Students who are seeking services or information from OAS at WVU have a responsibility to:
  • Meet qualifications and maintain essential institutional standards for courses, programs, services, activities, and facilities. 
  • Self-disclose the need for academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, or services to OAS.
  • Demonstrate or document (from an appropriate licensed professional) how the condition significantly impairs functioning in courses, programs, services, activities, and facilities. The cost of obtaining documentation if the responsibility of the student.  If the initial documentation is incomplete or inadequate to determine the current functional limitations of the disorder or the reasonable academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, or services, OAS has the right to require additional documentation. 
  • Follow the currently published policies, procedures, and guidelines for obtaining services through OAS. The current documentation guidelines are located on the OAS website.
WVU has the right to:
  • Request and receive through OAS current documentation that confirms disability status and supports requests for academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, or services. 
  • Deny a request for academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, or services if: the student fails to provide appropriate documentation that meets OAS's documentation standards, the documentation does not indicate the student's current functional impairment(s), or the documentation does not support that the student has a disability as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, 1973 or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008. 
WVU has the responsibility to:
  • Respond to requests in a timely manner.
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality of all information regarding the disability, except disclosures required or permitted by law.