Rights & Responsibilities

Each student must meet or exceed the essential requirements of Dartmouth and its programs, with or without appropriate adjustments. 

Right of Refusal

You have the right to refuse any adjustment offered, and accept the responsibility for any consequences of such decisions — so you are not required to register with SAS, identify yourself to instructors, staff, or other students as having a disability, or accept adjustments you do not need or want.

Advocate for Yourself

If you wish to compete with your peers on a level playing field and if you wish to enjoy your right to access and equality, you must advocate for those rights. There is no civil rights protection for individuals who do not identify themselves and request the appropriate adjustments.

Your Options

If you have a disability or are concerned that you may have an unidentified disability, you can:

  • Contact Student Accessibility Services.
  • Register with us, providing written documentation that verifies the need for the adjustments you request.
  • Fully participate in the SAS processes leading to the assessment and authorization of appropriate services and adjustments.
  • Request and advocate for adjustments from faculty, staff or administration in a timely manner.
  • Provide for your personal independent living needs or any other disability-related need that must be satisfied regardless of attendance at Dartmouth.

Your Responsibilities

  • Attend all of the classes for which you would like to receive notes. Your note-taker should not be expected to provide notes for classes you do not attend (unless special disability-related arrangements are made ahead of time with a note-taker and SAS).
  • Know the deadlines, assignments, and other course information delivered in lecture or in the syllabus, regardless of whether the information is in the notes. We recommend you check over the notes you receive, in case you have any questions or require clarification.
  • Inform us if you run into any difficulties, such as the note-taker not sending notes on time.