Disability documentation is confidential information and should be forwarded by the student to the Director of Access Services for Students with Disabilities or the Director of LD/ADD Academic Support Program for review and record keeping. Accommodations for students are based on the documentation provided by the student.
To ensure compliance with Section 504 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, faculty should not review documentation or make a determination of accommodation(s) based on student self report. Students who disclose a disability to faculty should be directed to the appropriate contact person identified above.
Disability information shared with faculty should be kept confidential. At no time should the class be informed that a student has a disability, except at the request of the student. All information a student presents to faculty should be used specifically for arranging and implementing accommodations for assignments and in-class activities.
We recommend that students meet with faculty privately to discuss arrangement of accommodations as listed in their Disability Accommodation Letters.
Receiving a Request for Accommodations
The Disability Accommodation Letter verifies the student has a documented disability and is eligible for the listed accommodations. Formal requests for accommodations will be listed in a student’s accommodation letter, which is issued and signed by a Disability Services representative. When the student presents the accommodation letter to the professor, by law, the professor cannot ask the student to disclose the nature of the disability. It is at each student’s discretion to determine what they wish to disclose.
When meeting with faculty to discuss accommodations, students should present this letter and obtain the appropriate faculty signature. Copies of the signed accommodation letter should be retained by students, faculty, and disability services personnel for reference.
A student may request implementation of accommodations at any time. Some academic accommodations may take more time to provide than others. The student should follow established procedures to ensure enough time to request and provide an appropriate accommodation.
The accommodations recommended are meant to facilitate academic opportunity for students with disabilities so they may meet the essential requirements of the course. Faculty members have the right to determine course content and methods of teaching, ensure that students demonstrate knowledge of the material, and assign an appropriate grade per essential requirements of the course.
Accommodations should not compromise or alter fundamental academic standards. If you have questions about denial of a request or the essential requirements of a course, please contact the disability services personnel identified on the accommodations letter.