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Guidelines for Instructors of Students with Disabilities

1. Appropriate and reasonable accommodations are best determined through an interactive process that most often includes the student with the disability and the Center for Academic Support Services staff. Occasionally faculty or staff members will be asked to join in the discussion as the situation warrants.

2. Please refer students who identify themselves as students with disabilities to the Center for Academic Support Services and feel free to call to discuss any questions or concerns (McGregor Hall, 209 ext. 3303).

3. Information is sent to faculty only at the request of a student. Even if a student has documented a disability, he or she must request that a letter of accommodation be provided for your class.

4. The Center for Academic Support Services is responsible for determining which students are eligible as students with disabilities.

5. It is suggested that you include a statement in your syllabus that encourages students with disabilities to use the process.  This ensures that we are providing students with effective notice of the availability of reasonable accommodations.

6. If a student requires an accommodation in your classroom, the Center for Academic Student Support Services will provide a letter for the student to present to you. That document will detail the accommodations to which the student is entitled. Accommodations should not alter the fundamental nature of the program of study. If you are concerned that an accommodation will fundamentally alter the nature of your course, please contact the Center for Academic Support Services.

7. Although accommodations are non-negotiable, details about how the accommodations will be provided are generally arranged between the faculty member and the student. If you need assistance arranging appropriate accommodations, please contact the Center for Academic Support Services.

8. Confidentiality: Absolute confidentiality is essential. Please do not make any reference to a student’s disability in class or in front of other students, faculty, or staff members. The student may opt to tell you about his or her disability, and you are free to ask for details about the ways that the disability impacts on class performance and learning once the student has disclosed to you.