Rights & Responsibilities

Rights and Responsibilities of Students with Disabilities

Every student with a disability at Harvard University has the right to:

  • Equal access to courses, programs, services, and activities offered through the University.
  • Reasonable accommodations and adjustments that are provided to eliminate disability-related barriers and achieve equal access.
  • Confidentiality of all disability-related information disclosed to the Disability Access Office (DAO) except where permitted or required by law or when the student requests that such information be shared, as outlined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). See our confidentiality policy for more information.

Every student with a disability at Harvard University has the responsibility to:

  • Meet the same qualifications and academic standards expected of all Harvard students.
  • Follow DAO procedures for requesting accommodations.
  • Provide timely notification to faculty of accommodations by presenting their DAO Faculty Letter at the start of term, or as soon as accommodations have been established.
  • Notify DAO immediately when an accommodation is not being provided appropriately
  • Notify DAO immediately when discontinuing an accommodation or dropping a course for which specialized accommodations were put into place.

 

Rights and Responsibilities of the Disability Access Office

DAO has the right to:

  • Request and receive current information supporting requests for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services.
  • Deny an accommodation if the student's disability information does not reflect a connection between their disability and the accommodation request.
  • Explore alternate accommodations if a requested accommodation imposes a fundamental alteration or undue hardship to a program or activity of the University.

DAO has the responsibility to:

  • Provide or arrange for reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services for students with disabilities in courses, programs, services, and activities.
  • Maintain confidentiality of all disability-related information disclosed to DAO except where permitted or required by law or when the student requests that such information be shared, as outlined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). See our confidentiality policy for more information.
  • Responsibly advocate for the needs of students with disabilities within the campus community and assist students in developing skills to become self-advocates.