Office for Institutional Equity & Access

Americans with Disabilities Act - Operating Principles, Rights and Responsibilities

Operating Principles

St. Cloud State is committed to the following operating principles regarding people with disabilities.

St. Cloud State prohibits and actively discourages discrimination against people with disabilities. Toward this end, the St. Cloud State community will continue to develop training and resources to promote sensitivity and awareness of disability issues.

St. Cloud State is committed to providing equal access and reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities. Toward this end, St. Cloud State will continue to develop and coordinate policies and procedures, such as: access to employment, academic programs, co-curricular activities, and facilities.

St. Cloud State administrative officers will provide leadership in improving access for people with disabilities and will be responsible for implementing the principles of equal access and accommodation at St. Cloud State.

St. Cloud State will organize its disability services in a way that promotes, to the greatest extent possible, self-determination for people with disabilities and that engage the entire campus community in access issues.

In order to respect the independence, rights, and dignity of people with disabilities, requesting an accommodation or identifying oneself as having a disability will be voluntary.

St. Cloud State will treat data on people with disabilities with confidentiality in accordance with data privacy laws and established St. Cloud State regulations. No information will be collected for administrative purposes except information that is essential for program development, implementation, determination of reasonable accommodation, required by law, or oversight agency.

Rights and Responsibilities

Rights and Responsibilities of People with Disabilities

People with disabilities at St. Cloud State have the right to:

  • Equal access to employment, courses, programs, services, activities, and facilities offered through St. Cloud State;
  • An equal opportunity to work and learn, and to receive reasonable accommodation, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services;
  • Appropriate confidentiality of all information regarding their disability and to choose to whom outside of St. Cloud State, information about their disability will be disclosed, except as disclosures are required or permitted by law, or oversight agency.
  • Information, available in accessible formats.

People with disabilities at St. Cloud State have the responsibility to:

  • Meet qualifications and maintain essential institutional standards for employment, courses, programs, services, activities, and facilities;
  • Identify as an individual with a disability when an accommodation is needed and seek 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, activities and facilities;
  • Follow published procedures for obtaining reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services.

Rights and Responsibilities of St. Cloud State University

St. Cloud State has the right to:

  • Identify and establish essential functions, abilities, skills, knowledge, and standards for courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities and to evaluate faculty, staff, and students on this basis;
  • Request and receive documentation that supports requests for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services; if the individual fails to provide appropriate documentation;
  • Select among equally effective accommodations, adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services;
  • Deny a request for accommodation if the accommodation would pose an undue hardship on the conduct of St. Cloud State business.

St. Cloud State 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, facilities, and when viewed in their entirety, are available and usable in the most integrated and appropriate settings;
  • Evaluate faculty, staff, students, and applicants on their abilities and not their disabilities;
  • Provide or arrange reasonable accommodation, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services for faculty, staff, students, and guests with disabilities in courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities;
  • Maintain appropriate level of confidentiality of  records and communication, except where permitted or required by law;
  • Determine if a person is a qualified individual according to ADA guidance, defined as the following:
  • a person who has an impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities;
  • a person who has a record of such an impairment; or
  • a person regarded as having such impairment.