Rights & Responsibilities


The rights and responsibilities on this page refer specifically to students with disabilities who are registered with Student Accessibility Services. Please note that a student who has a disability or other condition but has not registered with SAS is generally not considered a student with a disability by the College and therefore not entitled to services or accommodations, nor are any accommodations retroactive from before the point of their registration with our office.  

If you are not registered with our office and concerned you may have an unidentified disability, please contact review Getting Started and/or contact Student Accessibility Services.


Students with disabilities registered with Student Accessibility Services have the following rights:

  • Equal access to courses, programs, services, and activities offered through the College
  • Equal opportunity to learn, and to receive reasonable accommodations and academic adjustments in an effort to diminish the effect of your condition on academic functioning
  • Self-determination of who will receive student-released, disability-related materials and information within and outside the College (see our confidentiality page)
  • The same rights and privileges available to other students at Dartmouth College
  • The right to exercise the informal resolution and/or grievance procedure for students with disabilities if not afforded one or more of the above rights


Students with disabilities registered with Student Accessibility Services have the following responsibilities:

  • Self-identify as an individual with a disability and register with SAS prior to when an accommodation is needed
  • Follow published procedures and engage in the interactive process for obtaining reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, assistive technology, auxiliary aids and services. See Getting Started for more information
  • Especially if a condition is invisible or if requested, provide supporting documentation (from an appropriate, qualified professional) or otherwise convey how your disability or condition limits your participation in courses, programs, services, and activities
  • Request and advocate for adjustments from faculty, staff, or administration in a timely manner.
  • With or without reasonable accommodations, meet qualifications for and fulfill essential institutional standards for courses, programs, and activities 
  • As part of the academic honor principle, accurately portray accommodation needs to instructors, and when taking tests at the Testing Center