Student Rights and Responsibilities

Responsibilities to apply for and receive accommodations for a disability include:

Students have the right to:

  1. An equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from courses, programs, services and activities offered through Bemidji State University.
  2. Be able to request and be provided with reasonable accommodations to ensure access to courses, programs, services and activities of Bemidji State University.
  3. Appropriate confidentiality of the information pertaining to the nature of the disabling condition and to choose whom, outside of the University, information about the disability will be disclosed, except as disclosures are required/permitted by law.
  4. Information reasonably available in accessible formats.
  5. Report grievances to Accessibility Services if they feel their disability needs are not being met.

Students have the responsibility to:

  1. Self-identify disability status in a timely manner to Accessibility Services.
  2. Meet qualifications and maintain essential institutional and program specific technical standards for employment, academic progress, services and activities.
  3. Follow the established procedures for requesting accommodations.
  4. Engage in the interactive process of seeking accommodations.
  5. Provide documentation, when requested, from a reliable health care provider that supports and describes how the disability impacts a major life function involved in enrollment at Bemidji State University.
  6. Report any concerns or grievances in a timely manner.
  7. Request accommodations for each semester in which the student is enrolled and is seeking accommodations.

BSU has the right to:

  1. Identify and establish essential functions, skills, knowledge, and standards for courses, programs, services, jobs, academic-related activities; and to evaluate students on this basis.
  2. Deny a request for reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary services if the documentation demonstrates that they are not warranted or if the individual fails to provide appropriate documentation.
  3. Select among equally effective reasonable accommodations, adjustments and/or auxiliary services.
  4. Refuse an accommodation request if:
    1. the request poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others.
    2. the request means making a substantial change in the essential element of the curriculum.
    3. the request means making a substantial alteration in the manner in which the University provides services.
    4. the request poses an undue financial or administrative burden.

BSU has the responsibility to:

  1. Provide information in accessible formats to students with disabilities upon request.
  2. Provide reasonable accommodations in a timely manner for students with disabilities to ensure access to courses, programs, services and activities of Bemidji State University.
  3. Maintain appropriate levels of confidentiality of student disclosures.
  4. Engage in the interactive process of students requesting accommodations.