Eastern Michigan University

EMU Rights and Responsibilities

Students, Faculty, Staff and Guests with disabilities have the right to:
  • Full and equal participation in the services and activities of Eastern Michigan University;
  • Reasonable accommodations, academic/work adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services;
  • Privacy and to not have confidential information freely disseminated throughout the campus;
  • Limit access to confidential records. In doing so, however, students with disabilities recognize that implementing accommodations may become more difficult;
  • Information readily available in accessible formats.
Students, Faculty, Staff and Guests with disabilities have the responsibility to:
  • Meet qualifications and maintain essential institutional standards for courses, programs, services, jobs and activities;
  • Identify as an individual with a disability when an accommodation is needed and to seek resources, information, counsel and assistance as necessary
  • Demonstrate and/or document (from an appropriate professional) how the disability limits their participation in courses, programs, services, jobs and activities; and
  • Follow published procedures for obtaining reasonable accommodations, academic/work adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services; or when requesting barrier removal.
Eastern Michigan University has the right to:
  • Establish essential functions, abilities, skills, knowledge and standards for courses, programs, services, jobs and activities or facilities and to evaluate individuals with disabilities on this basis;
  • Determine the appropriate standards in developing, constructing, remodeling and maintaining facilities;
  • Confirm disability status and request and receive current, relevant documentation that supports requests for accommodations, academic/work adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services;
  • Have staff engage with individuals with disabilities to determine reasonable accommodations;
  • Select resource options among equally effective accommodations, academic/work adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services;
  • Deny a request for accommodations, academic/work adjustments or auxiliary aids and services, and/or barrier removal in facilities if the documentation does not demonstrate that the request is warranted, if the individual fails to provide appropriate documentation, or if the request is not found to be reasonable given the circumstances of the individual in relation to the situation/setting; and
  • Refuse unreasonable accommodations, academic/work adjustment or auxiliary aids and services, and/or facility-related barrier removal requests that impose a fundamental alteration of a program or activity of the university.
Eastern Michigan University has the responsibility to:
  • Provide information to faculty, staff, students and guests with disabilities in accessible formats upon request;

  • Ensure that courses, programs, services, jobs, activities and facilities, when viewed in their entirety, are available and usable in the most integrated and appropriate settings;

  • Evaluate students, faculty, and staff on the basis of their abilities and not their disabilities;

  • Respond to requests on a timely basis

  • Provide or arrange reasonable accommodation, academic/work adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services in courses, programs, services, jobs, activities and facilities; and

  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communication except where permitted or required by law.