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Office of Disability Services

109-J Enrollment Services Center
121 East Second Street
Morehead, KY 40351
Phone: 606-783-5188
Fax: 606-783-9190

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Student Rights & Responsibilities

As an otherwise qualified student with a disability:

  • You have a right to have equal access to MSU’s programs, courses, facilities, and activities.
  • You have a right to forego disclosing your disability or officially registering with the DS office, however doing so is required if you wish to use special services and accommodations. 
  • You have a right to expect the documentation you submit to verify your disability, as well as your contacts with the DS office, to be treated confidentially. When accommodations you request are to be provided by MSU faculty, staff, administration, other students, or external agents, you have given consent for DS to release pertinent information from your file, limited to the purpose of preparing/providing those services. Otherwise, the contents of your personal file will not be released without your written permission except as part of aggregate data that will not personally identify you, on a need-to-know basis for the investigation of a disability-related complaint or appeal within the University, or as required by law. Your documentation will not be appended to other University records nor will your use of accommodations or disability status be noted on your academic transcript. Seven years after your last contact with us your records will be carefully destroyed (shredded) by DS staff.
  • You have a right to receive reasonable and relevant accommodations at no cost to you, including certain auxiliary aids that are essential to your particular needs as a student, and to be an active participant in the selection process. 
  • You have a right at any time to discontinue using any or all of the accommodations for which you have been approved. Promptly informing the provider or the DS office of your decision would be appreciated.
  • You have a right to appeal if you feel you were unjustly denied accommodations or believe that discrimination occurred during the course of their delivery. If your complaint cannot be directly resolved with the help of the DS Coordinator, you may use the internal grievance process available through the DS office, which will result in a timely investigation and resolution according to University Regulations (UAR 303.02). If your complaint is about the staff of the DS office itself, you may of course speak directly to the DS Coordinator about it, or instead contact the Dean of Students at 109-B Enrollment Services Center, 606-783-2070.
  • You are responsible for providing documentation to DS as part of establishing your eligibility for services. Additional information about this requirement can be found under Disability Documentation Guidelines.
  • You are responsible for making an advance request to allow reasonable time for accommodations to be arranged prior to your need for them. It is your choice whether to use accommodations in all or just some of your classes through your selective release of your official Accommodation Letter to professors. 
  • You are responsible for accessing your accommodations once they are established. This may involve some assertiveness on your part to make specific arrangements with professors and other providers. 
  • You are responsible for reserving the services and materials provided to you as part of an approved accommodation for your use only. They are not be reproduced, broadcast, networked, loaned, sold, or shared with others.
  • You are responsible for the expense and arrangement of any personal aids or services that exceed the University's obligation. You can clarify any confusion about this distinction at your initial intake session or by contacting DS in advance.
  • You are responsible for notifying the DS Coordinator if you need assistance to trouble-shoot a disability-related situation, or if you would like additional referrals.
  • You are responsible for informing the DS office if there is a change in the status of your documented disability or academic demands that might alter your entitlement to continued, different, or to expanded services.
  • Regardless of disability, all students are responsible for satisfying the essential requirements of an academic course or program of study without fundamental alteration. 


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