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Disability Services

Student Rights


  1. The right to be treated with dignity and respect by all Disability Service providers (interpreters, note takers, office staff) and all members of the college community.

  2. Equal access to courses, programs, services, jobs, activities and facilities offered by the college.

  3. Equal opportunity to learn, work and receive accommodations and services.

  4. Confidentiality of information regarding their disability as applicable laws allow.

  5. The right to receive high quality services and assistance in accordance with our policies and procedures .


  1. Self-identify disability status to Disability Services office.

  2. Provide recent documentation about disability related functional limitations.

  3. Request necessary accommodations by meeting with the Disability Services staff.

  4. Register in a timely manner with the priority registration process and notify the office of any schedule changes after initial registration if they affect your accommodations.

  5. Follow all program policies and procedures.

  6. Report any grievances in a timely manner.

  7. Meet and maintain the same academic qualifications and essential institutional standards as other students on campus.

  8. Follow the college's Student Code of Conduct as required of all students on campus.


At Minnesota West you are responsible for notifying the Disability Services Office if the accommodations that have been provided do not meet your needs. If you have attempted to resolve issues related to your accomodations but you feel that Minnesoa West has failed to meet your needs you may file a complaint. Complaints generally are about issues such as accommodations provided, timely implementation of accommodations, access to buildings, and access to information.

Complaints are treated seriously at Minnesota West and processes are in place to investigate and resolve them. Complaints should be filed in a timely manner and are usually, but do not need to be, submitted in written form.

The complaint process is as follows:

  1. Visit with your campus Support Service Staff about your concern. Usually a complaint can be resolved at this informal level.

  2. File a grievance using the procedure found under Student Information & Policies. The college's ADA Compliance Officer will work with you to resolve your complaint.

  3. File a complaint directly with the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights by calling 1-800-421-3481 or the Minnesota Department of Human Rights by calling 1-651-296-5663 (Voice) or 1-651-296-1283 (TTY).

If you believe you have been discriminated against or harassed because of your disability you may bring a complaint under the Minnesota State Board Policy 1.B.1, Nondiscrimination in Employment and Educational Opportunity. To do so, contact the College Provost.