Rights and Responsibilities

The following sections describe the rights and responsibilities of students and their supports at CSU East Bay.

Student Rights

As a student with a disability, you have a right to the equivalent educational opportunities as any other student. You have a right to maintain the confidentiality of your disability while receiving reasonable and appropriate accommodations in a timely manner. You have a right to be treated fairly and without discrimination based on your disability. And finally, if you believe you have been discriminated against, you have the right to file a complaint without experiencing retribution or reprisal.

Your rights are protected by several laws and policies, including those at the federal, state, and CSU levels. If you're interested in learning more about the laws protecting people with disabilities, go to our page on disability laws and guidelines.

Student Responsibilities | Accessibility Services

As an Accessibility Services student, you have a responsibility to:

  • Provide documentation of the disabling conditions that may warrant academic accommodations or be able to explain the nature of your disability and how it affects you in an academic setting.
  • Request pre-arranged and testing accommodations each quarter by filling out the relevant forms.
  • Discuss accommodation needs with professors early in the quarter if you wish to use them.
  • Communicate with our counselors to resolve any accommodation problems.

Student Responsibilities | All Students

In the Classroom:

  • Plan to attend every class session. Arrive on time and be prepared.
  • Actively participate in class: listen, pay attention, question or comment on the lecture.
  • Complete all quizzes and exams.
  • Follow the university's code of conduct and be respectful of faculty, staff, and fellow students.

Outside the Classroom:

  • Obtain the required textbooks or other material for each class and complete all assigned readings. 
  • Finish assignments and turn them in by the due date.
  • Learn about and use technology required by the University and your classes (e.g., Horizon email and Blackboard).
  • Show good time management by budgeting time, prioritizing, and staying organized.
  • Demonstrate strong study habits and give the maximum effort.

Communicating with Professors:

  • Visit professors during office hours to clarify course material and main points.
  • Communicate with professors promptly (during the quarter in which the class is taken or shortly after grades are released). Professors may not be available the following quarter, during breaks, or over the summer.
  • If you become ill or otherwise unable to complete class requirements, speak with your professor immediately.

Maintaining Good Standing with the University:

  • Know your degree requirements and keep track of your academic progress.
  • Meet with your academic advisor regularly.
  • Obtain the necessary funding to attend the University and make payments on time.
  • If needed, use support services and resources available on campus. (They're free!)

Keeping Healthy Enough to Complete the Degree:

  • Remember to eat properly, get enough sleep, engage in physical activities, and take time to relax. A healthier student is a better student.
  • Maintain a balance between home life, work, and school. Don't take on more than you can successfully accomplish. 

Responsibilities of Faculty

  • Ensure an accessible classroom environment.
  • Treat students with disabilities equally and fairly: no bias or retaliation.
  • Verify that students requesting accommodations are registered with the Accessibility Services office (ask to see their Determination of Accommodations document).
  • Accept and support students' Accessibility Services-approved accommodations.
  • Uphold students' right to maintain confidentiality about their disabilities; refrain from disclosing students' Accessibility Services status or accommodations to others.

Responsibilities of Accessibility Services

  • Plan appropriate accommodations in cooperation with students and their professors.
  • Work with students, faculty, and staff to arrange accommodations.
  • Assist students to resolve any problems related to accommodations.
  • Help to ensure University compliance with federal and state disability-related laws.
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