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.

I am approved for peer-notetaker services. Will I still be able to receive notes from a peer-notetaker for my classes?

The short answer is yes. When you have an idea of your course format, ideally by the end of week one, if you believe you require peer-notetaking services for one or more of your courses even after checking out the supports that may be built into your course(s), please contact [email protected] for the request form.