Rights & Responsibilities

The accessibility of courses and course material is a campus responsibility under civil rights law. 

Meeting Course Standards

The legal standard is that students with disabilities must have access to courses and course materials they can effectively use at the same time the course and course materials are available to their classmates. There may be rare exceptions; if instructors believe they may not be able to meet this standard, consultation with SAS is strongly advised.

SAS is a resource for faculty and staff members who are working with individual students with disabilities or to assure that your programs, activities, and services are fully accessible. Equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities and compliance with disability civil rights laws is a shared responsibility that extends across the campus.

Each department, office, campus activity, etc. is responsible for the accessibility of its own programs, services and activities. 

Your Responsibilities

Every member of the Dartmouth community must share in the responsibility to create an environment in which individuals are able to ask the question “What about access?” and raise concerns without fear of retaliation. 

Dartmouth faculty and staff must:

  • Maintain admission and academic standards.
  • Provide appropriate adjustments to students with disabilities upon request.
  • Notify students and the public of faculty and staff members' willingness to ensure equal access and opportunities. See "Accommodating Students with Disabilities."
  • Refer students with disabilities and students who think they may have disabilities to Student Accessibility Services.
  • Refrain from retaliation against individuals advocating for accessibility.
  • Provide effective notice about the accessibility of your program and events and how individuals with disabilities can request disability-related academic adjustments and services.
  • Assure effective communication for individuals who need alternatives to your print or spoken information.

Institutional Responsibilities

Dartmouth will meet the following responsibilities:

  • Prohibit unlawful discrimination against qualified people with disabilities
  • Comply with or when possible to exceed the most progressive legal requirements for access
  • Recognize that access is linked to quality and that academic freedoms and standards cannot be compromised
  • Take a dynamic approach to access by providing services and by removing attitudinal, informational, and physical barriers on campus
  • Notify the public of Dartmouth's ability and desire to ensure accessibility by people with disabilities
  • Prohibit retaliation against individuals who advocate for accessibility
  • Provide leadership on disability access and opportunity for Dartmouth.