Human Rights, College and Student responsibilities

As a student with a disability, you need to be well informed about your rights and responsibilities as well as the responsibilities postsecondary institutions have toward you. Being well informed will help ensure you have full opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the postsecondary education experience.

School districts and postsecondary institutions must comply with Human Rights legislation; however, the responsibilities of postsecondary institutions are significantly different from those of school districts. Moreover, you will have responsibilities as a postsecondary student that you do not have as a high school student.

College of the North Atlantic (CNA) will provide appropriate academic accommodation as necessary to ensure that it does not discriminate on the basis of disability. If you meet the essential requirements for admission, the college may not deny your admission simply because you have a disability.

If you want the college to provide an academic accommodation, you must identify yourself as having a disability. The appropriate academic accommodation must be determined based on your disability and individual needs.

In providing an academic accommodation, the college is not required to lower essential requirements. For example, although the college may be required to provide extended testing time, it is not required to change the substantive content of the test. In addition, it does not have to make modifications that would fundamentally alter the nature of a service, program or activity or would result in undue financial or administrative burdens. Finally, the college does not have to provide personal attendants, individually prescribed devices, readers for personal use or study, or other devices or services of a personal nature, such as tutoring and typing.

You must inform the college that you have a disability if you wish to request an academic accommodation. Unlike your high school, postsecondary institutions are not required to identify you as having a disability. You may be required to follow reasonable procedures to request an academic accommodation. You are responsible for knowing and following these procedures.