Role of Faculty in the Accommodation Process

Faculty Responsibilities:

  • To make an announcement at the beginning of each class regarding the willingness to discuss accommodation with students
  • To include a statement in all syllabuses regarding the willingness to accommodate students with disabilities
  • To meet as quickly as possible with students who provide an accommodations memo from the DSS office (students should initiate this meeting, but faculty can take the initiative when students are reluctant to self-advocate)
  • To hold students with disabilities to the same academic and behavioral standards as all students
  • To ensure that the proposed accommodation does not substantially alter curricular standards
  • To contact the DSS office if there are questions about the appropriateness of a required accommodation
  • To continue to provide the accommodation until a resolution has been determined
  • To uphold the confidentiality of students’ disability-related issues
  • To assist the student in contacting the DSS office when a student requests an accommodation without an accommodations memo from the DSS office
  • Faculty should not grant any form of accommodations for disability-related reasons without an Accommodation Memo from the DSS Office.

The following is a list of some of the accommodations provided by the DSS Office:

  • Service animals policies and procedures
  • Spelling accommodations
  • Speech-to-text transcription services
  • Notetaking services
  • Role of the lab assistant for students with disabilities
  • Visual describers
  • Testing accommodations
  • Alternate formats
  • Tape recording lectures
  • Advocacy for disability-related absences