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Shared Responsibility

We each play a role in sharing the responsibility, including the student, of providing accommodations to all individuals with a disability. The purpose of providing a reasonable accommodation to a student must be to give that student the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the course content and the information being tested while minimizing or eliminating the impact of the disability. Accommodations should not give the students an unfair advantage over their classmates. The University has an obligation to make a good-faith effort to provide reasonable accommodations to all students with a disability, no matter when the request is made.

  • Students disclose the need for accommodations, provide documentation to ADS and comply with reasonable policies and practices
  • Accessibility and Disability Service (ADS) provides direct services to students with disabilities, collaborates with faculty and other campus entities to implement accommodations
  • Faculty collaborate with ADS and students to provide equivalent access in the educational environment

Student Responsibilities

  • Meet the essential qualifications and institutional standards
  • Disclose the disability and need for accommodations in a timely manner to ADS
  • Meet with ADS to determine in an interactive process the appropriate accommodations
  • Students must notify faculty members regarding any excused absence in a timely manner
  • Provide appropriate documentation to support their need for accommodations
  • Talk with professors about their approved accommodations
  • Request accommodations each semester
  • Confirm and coordinate the need for the accommodations before each test or quiz
  • Follow up with ADS if there are any issues with the accommodations

ADS Responsibilities

  • Serve as a central point of access for student disability accommodations
  • Receive and evaluate student requests for accommodations
  • Review and maintain confidential files of students’ documentation of disability
  • Determine student qualifications and eligibility for disability related accommodations and services
  • Develop individualized written accommodations letters in conjunction with the student
  • Determine a reasonable timeline in which accommodations can be put in place
  • Serve as an advocate for students with disabilities while also ensuring that they are abiding by university policies and procedures
  • Work with faculty when accommodations issues around their classes arise

Faculty Responsibilities

  • Make sure that each course, viewed in its entirety, is accessible. The IT Accessibility Hub has many resources available for making your course content accessible
  • Support and implement reasonable accommodations as identified in a letter of accommodation from ADS
  • Consult with ADS in a timely manner with any accommodation-based questions or concerns, including requests that may conflict with course objectives or requirements
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding accommodations and diagnosis. Students are not required to disclose their diagnoses. If a student discloses a diagnosis, this information is to be treated as confidential under the protections of FERPA
  • Include a disability announcement on the course syllabus. Sample syllabus language is below
  • Support and implement the reasonable accommodations as identified by ADS without it being a burden on them
  • Faculty are asked to make a good faith effort to accommodate students throughout the semester
  • Faculty are responsible for educating their teaching assistants on confidentiality and best practices when working with students with disabilities so that they can implement the accommodations as well