Code of Practice for Students
The Dublin Institute of Technology is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in education and to ensuring that students with a disability have as complete and equitable access to all facets of college life as can reasonably be provided. The Equal Status Act 2000-2004 makes provision for a service provider, such as DIT, to prepare and implement a code of practice setting out what it is doing to promote the inclusion of students with disabilities.
This Code of Practice is intended to provide a model for a high standard of service to students with disabilities. DIT will take reasonable steps to ensure that it does not place a student with a disability at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled student.
A substantial disadvantage is one that entails time, inconvenience, effort or discomfort compared to other people or students and which is more than minor or trivial.
The purpose of this Code of Practice for DIT is twofold:
- to outline to students with disabilities their rights and responsibilities in receiving reasonable accommodations in DIT.
- to define DIT’s rights and responsibilities to students with disabilities, and the Institute community.
For the purpose of this document and all DIT policies relating to students with disabilities, please see the following definition of Reasonable Accommodation:
A reasonable accommodation might be any action that helps alleviate a substantial disadvantage. Making a reasonable accommodation might involve changing procedures, modifying the delivery of the course taken, providing additional services (e.g. examination arrangements, materials in large print), or altering the physical environment.
Reasonable accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis for each student, as part of the needs-assessment process and in accord with the student’s certified disability or specific learning difficulty.
Student Rights & Responsibilities
Every student with a disability has the right to:
- Reasonable and appropriate accommodations (adjustments and supports) and/or auxiliary aids determined on a case-by-case basis and in accord with the individual’s certified disability/specific learning difficulty.
- Appropriate confidentiality of disability records (files) and that disclosure of information will only happen with the student’s written consent.
- Have information be made reasonably available in accessible formats.
- Be treated with dignity and respect.
Every student with a disability has the responsibility to:
- Identify himself or herself in a timely manner as an individual with a disability when seeking an accommodation.
- Provide documentation from an acceptable professional source that verifies the nature of the disability.
- Register with the Disability Support Service and follow Disability Support Service and DIT procedures if they wish to obtain reasonable and appropriate accommodations, examination accommodations and/or auxiliary aids.
- Treat staff of the Institute with dignity and respect.
- Ensure all their exam supports are in place.
DIT’s Rights & Responsibilities
DIT has the right to:
- Maintain DIT’s academic standards.
- Request the appropriate evidence of disability or supporting documentation completed by an acceptable professional source to verify the need for reasonable accommodations and/or auxiliary aids.
- Discuss a student's need for reasonable accommodations and/or auxiliary aids with the professional source of his/her documentation, having obtained the student's signed consent authorising such disclosure and discussion.
- Select from equally effective and appropriate accommodations and/or auxiliary aids in consultation with students with disabilities.
- Deny a request for accommodation and/or auxiliary aid if the documentation does not identify a specific disability and/or functional limitation, if it fails to verify the need for the requested services or if it is not provided in a timely manner.
- Refuse to provide an accommodation 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 a course or programme, or pose undue financial or administrative hardship on DIT.
DIT has the responsibility to:
- Ensure that DIT’s programmes, services, jobs, activities, and facilities, when viewed in their entirety, are delivered in the most integrated and accessible setting possible.
- Provide to students with disabilities information regarding DIT policies and procedures and ensure that it is available in accessible formats upon request.
- Provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations and/or auxiliary aids for students with disabilities upon a timely request by a student.
- Maintain appropriate confidentiality of records and communication concerning students with disabilities except where the disclosure is authorised by the student.
More specifically, the DIT Disability Support Service has the responsibility to:
- Assist students with disabilities to self-identify and meet DIT’s criteria for eligibility to receive reasonable and appropriate accommodations and/or auxiliary aids determined on a case-by-case basis.
- Assure confidentiality (subject to the student signing the disclosure of information form) of all information pertaining to a student's disability.
- Make students on professional courses aware of any relevant Fitness to Practise or Fitness to Study policies.
What We Can Do For You
What can you expect from us?
The DIT Disability Service will endeavour to help and support you for the duration of your study to the best of our abilities and if for any reason we cannot, then we will refer you to another person who can.
- Provide up to six 1:1 learning support meetings (if required)
- Provide group sessions on learning strategies.
- Regularly give you up to date information.
What do we expect from you?
- We expect that you will participate fully as a student of DIT.
- We ask that you will attend all lectures.
- That you will attend all tutorials.
- Attend study skills sessions.
- Attend necessary AT Officer meetings.
Together we will behave with mutual respect for each other. Welcome to DIT and we look forward to meeting you!