Rights and responsibilities of faculty and the institution of Pikes Peak Community College are guided by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Faculty Rights and Responsibilities
Faculty has the right to:
- Refuse requests for accommodations that have not been processed through the Accessibility Services office.
- Consult with Accessibility Services if they believe an accommodation request fundamentally impacts the integrity of the course/program; creates undue financial burden on the school, or if it causes a safety issue.
- Obtain appropriate consultation with Accessibility Services about how to meet the needs of a student with a disability.
- Receive official, and as possible, advance notice of the need for accommodations.
- Suggest alternatives to a requested accommodation if a better method is available.
Please note: Faculty to NOT have the right to ask students if they have a disability, nor about the nature of the disability relevant to their granted accommodations. However, if students choose to disclose their disability, this information should be treated as confidential.
Faculty has the responsibility to:
- Foster an accepting classroom environment for students with disabilities characterized by non-discrimination.
- Cooperate with Accessibility Services when a request for accommodation is made. Discuss needs individually and on a timely basis with students requesting accommodations.
- Provide reasonable accommodations in a timely manner to students who have been approved for services by an Accessibility Services Disability Specialist.
- Consult with Accessibility Services regarding the laws related to teaching students with disabilities.
- Ensure instructional materials, methods, and programs are accessible, effective, and equally integrated. Faculty may consult with Accessibility Services to provide accessible materials.
- Evaluate students solely on ability, not disability. If an evaluation method or criteria has an adverse impact on a student's performance due to a disability, the faculty member should seek alternative means for evaluation.
- Treat and protect all disability-related information as confidential information.
- Read the recommended ADA syllabus insert verbatim on the first day of class (as recommended by the Office of Civil Rights). If you do not have one, please find it on our Syllabus Insert webpage or contact Accessibility Services.
Institutional Rights and Responsibilities
Pikes Peak Community College through Accessibility Services has the right and responsibility to:
- Maintain the College's academic standards.
- Discuss student's eligibility given signed consent.
- Select from among equally effective/appropriate accommodations, adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids in consultation with the student.
- Deny requests for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids that are inappropriate or determined unreasonable based on if the accommodation:
- Poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others
- Constitutes a substantial change or alteration of an essential element of a course/program standard.
- Poses an undue financial or administrative burden on the College.