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Rights & responsibilities

Students rights & responsibilities

Every student with a disability has the right to:

  1. Equal access to courses, programs, services, jobs, activities and facilities across the University;
  2. Reasonable and appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids determined on a case-by-case basis;
  3. Appropriate confidentiality of all information pertaining to her/his disability with the choice of whom to disclose the disability to, except as required by law;
  4. Information reasonably available in accessible formats.

Every student with a disability has the responsibility to:

  1. Meet the University's qualifications and essential technical, academic and institutional standards;
  2. Identify themselves in a timely manner as an individual with a disability when seeking an accommodation or adjustment;
  3. Provide documentation from an acceptable professional source that verifies the nature of the disability and the functional limitations resulting from the disability;
  4. Follow specific procedures for obtaining reasonable and appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids.

Bond University's rights & responsibilities

Bond University has the right to:

  1. Maintain the University's academic standards;
  2. Request from a student current documentation completed by an acceptable professional source to verify the need for reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids;
  3. Discuss the student's need for reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids with the professional source of his/her documentation with the student's signed consent authorising such disclosure and discussion;
  4. Select from equally effective and appropriate accommodations, adjustments and/or auxiliary aids in consultation with students with disabilities;
  5. Deny a request for accommodation, adjustment and/or auxiliary aid if the documentation does not identify a specific disability and/or functional limitation; where the documentation fails to verify the need for the requested services, or the documentation is not provided in a timely manner;
  6. Refuse to provide an accommodation, adjustment and/or auxiliary aid that is inappropriate or unreasonable, including any that:
    • Pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others,
    • Constitute a substantial change or alteration to an essential element of the course or program, or
    • Pose undue financial or administrative hardship on the University.

Bond University has the responsibility to:

  1. Ensure that University courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities, when viewed in their entirety, are offered in the most integrated and appropriate settings;
  2. Provide to students with disabilities information regarding policies and procedures and assure its availability in accessible formats upon request;
  3. Evaluate students on their abilities, not their disabilities;
  4. Provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids for students with a disability upon a timely request by a student;
  5. Maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communication concerning students with a disability except where the disclosure is required by law or authorised by the student.

More specifically, Bond University's Student Services personnel have the responsibility to:

  1. Assist students with a disability to self-identify and meet University criteria for eligibility to receive reasonable and appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids determined on a case-by-case basis;
  2. Assure confidentiality of all information pertaining to a student's disability;
  3. Inform students with a disability of University policies and procedures for filing a formal grievance internally and/or through external agencies (e.g. Australian Human Rights Commission or the Anti-Discrimination Commission in Queensland).

Grievances

Harassment based on age, ethnicity, gender, disability, colour, national origin, race, religion or sexual orientation is defined as misconduct under the Student Conduct Code (Clause 2.2.c, Schedule B, Part 3 - Bond University Discipline Regulations).

If you have a grievance, please discuss your concerns with your program advisor or one of the Disability Officers.

The Student Association may be able to provide an advocate for you if you so desire and the Advocacy Director can be contacted on +61 7 5595 4009.

If your complaint is with a Disability Officer, please contact the University Registrar. It is expected that any concerns will be addressed and would be resolved amicably within the University. As a last resort, you have the option to lodge your complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission.