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Rights and Responsibilities

Boise State University has the responsibility to:

  • Provide reasonable and appropriate access to all educational and co-curricular programs, services, activities, and facilities.

The Educational Access Center has the right and responsibility to:

  • Maintain the integrity and rigor of the University’s academic standards.
  • Establish what constitutes qualifying documentation of a disability.
  • Require students requesting accommodations to provide documentation of a disability.
  • Determine appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities.
  • Deny requests for academic accommodations that are not supported by the documentation provided to the Educational Access Center.

Students with disabilities have the right and responsibility to:

  • Meet university academic, technical, and institutional standards.
  • Have equal access to educational and co-curricular programs, services, activities, and facilities.
  • Inform the Educational Access Center in a timely manner that you are an individual with a disability and that you are requesting accommodations.
  • Follow specific procedures for obtaining reasonable and appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids as outlined.
  • File a complaint by following the steps outlined in the Grievance Procedure if you feel that you have been treated unfairly.

Faculty has the right and responsibility to:

  • Hold the same academic standards for students with disabilities as held for students without disabilities.
  • Provide accommodations determined by the Educational Access Center.
  • Understand how a student with a disability receives/processes information and/or demonstrates mastery of a subject might vary due to reasonable accommodations.
  • Consult with the Educational Access Center staff if questions arise regarding accommodations.
  • Maintain confidentiality of students’ accommodations and disability-related information.

Legal Guidelines

The Educational Access Center is an active part of helping Boise State move toward the goal of becoming a Metropolitan Research University of Distinction by supporting the strategic plan objectives of academic excellence by:

  • Promoting student-centered services
  • Responding to the educational needs of the region
  • Creating and promoting diversity
  • Creating an organization that is responsive to change

In order to for Boise State to fully meet the above strategic plan goals, we must all work toward meeting the civil rights of students with disabilities.

The Basics of the Law

Because Boise State University receives federal funding, we are held to civil rights laws—The American’s With Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973—prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities.

Americans with Disabilities Act

The American’s With Disabilities Act (ADA) is civil rights legislation that “guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in employment, public accommodations, transportation, State and local government services, and telecommunications.”

Under the ADA, Boise State is considered a public accommodation and may not discriminate against people with disabilities and must provide equal access by removal of physical barriers, provision of auxiliary aids, and “make reasonable changes in policies, practices, and procedures to avoid discrimination.” (source:

Section 504 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Subpart E-Postsecondary Education is a more specific legislation guiding how Boise State provides accommodations for students with disabilities.

What does Section 504 say?

Under Section 504, Boise State may not discriminate against a student with a disability in the admissions process and must provide equal access to qualified students.

Qualified means that the student, with or without accommodations, has met the university and/or program admissions requirements.

The university and/or program may not set admission requirements that would discriminate against a student with a disability, nor can the university and/or program impose rules or limit use of auxiliary aids (including tape recorders, Guide Dogs, interpreters, adapted classroom equipment) that would limit the student’s full participation in courses or university programs.

The university must provide academic modifications (known as accommodations at Boise State) to allow students with disabilities equal access to academics.