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Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training

Rights and Responsibilities

Through both the DDA and the Disability Standards for Education students with disability and staff within the post-secondary education environment have clear rights and responsibilities.

Students with disability have a right to:

  • Choose whether to disclose their disability to the provider and/or staff

  • Be consulted about their needs

  • Enrol in courses and programs on the same basis as other students

  • Participate in courses and programs (including relevant supplementary programs)

  • Use services and facilities offered by the provider, including student support services, on the same basis as other students
  • Access specialised services without which they would not be able to participate
  • Reasonable adjustments necessary to meet individual needs

  • An environment that is free from discrimination – either direct or indirect – harassment or victimisation

  • Be treated with dignity and respect
  • Contribute in a meaningful way to the development and review of institutional policies, procedures and practices affecting their lives
  • Be given the opportunity to develop skills that will enable them to obtain maximum benefit from the educational opportunities available to them.

Students with disability have a responsibility to:

  • Abide by all policies at their institution

  • Upon choosing to disclose, share responsibility in negotiating required adjustments

  • Use the services provided in an honest and fair manner

Staff have a right to:

  • Maintain the core course requirements as deemed by relevant academics, lecturers, and heads of study programs. Refer to Course Design and Assessing Students for further information

  • Request clarification regarding the impact of a student’s disability and requirements if that information is directed towards providing the adjustment or an assessment that is intended to clarify the student’s ability to comply with any non-discriminatory requirements of a course or training program

  • Be treated with dignity and respect

Staff have a responsibility to:

  • Consult with the student (or an associate) to determine what adjustments, if any, are required and whether any changes are needed during the student’s course of study

  • Assess whether a particular adjustment is reasonable and whether there are less disruptive adjustments that would be equally effective

  • Make any required adjustments in a timely manner

  • Take reasonable steps to ensure that the student is able to enrol, participate in learning experiences and use facilities and services on the same basis as any other student

  • Take reasonable steps to facilitate the provision of any specialist services that the student requires

  • Develop and implement strategies and programs to prevent harassment or victimisation of the student