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Student rights

Services for students with disabilities or medical conditions

Students with disabilities have the right to:

  • Equitable access to courses, programs, services, activities and facilities at the University
  • Reasonable and appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or additional support services
  • Confidentiality of information pertaining to their disability
  • Information to be made reasonably available in accessible formats
  • Be treated with dignity and respect.
  • Students with disabilities have the responsibility to:
    • Identify themselves in a timely manner as an individual with a disability when seeking an accommodation or service on the basis of their disability
    • Provide documentation from an acceptable professional source that verifies the nature of the disability and impact on access to the learning environment and/or experiences
    • Follow the procedures for obtaining reasonable accommodations and services as outlined in the Equity Statement Information
    • Treat staff of the University with dignity and respect

ECU has the responsibility to:

  • Ensure that the University's courses, facilities and activities are designed to be accessible to students with disabilities
  • Provide to students with disabilities information regarding policies, procedures and services and ensure their availability in alternative formats where required
  • Assess students on their abilities, not their disabilities
  • Provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations and services for students with disabilities
  • Disability Standards for Education 2005. The primary purpose of the Standards is to make more explicit the obligations of education and training service providers under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the rights of people with disabilities in relation to education and training.
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality of all student records including Information about a student's disability.
  • Offer a range of services in keeping with the provisions and responsibilities outlined in the Disability Discrimination Act(1993) and relevant University policies and procedures
  • Assist students to inform staff within the University regarding the impact of the student's disability at university and arrange appropriate services and accommodations
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality of personal, health and disability information provided to the service by students
  • Inform students of university policies and procedures relating to students with disabilities where required
  • Seek feedback from students regarding the services being provided, work toward continuous improvement of services and respond appropriately to difficulties where they arise
  • Provide students with disabilities information about complaints processes where required

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