For Faculty & Staff

Faculty/Staff members are expected to abide by the rights and responsibilities listed below.

Faculty/Staff Have the Right to:

  • Consider a student’s request for accommodations only if the student has provided the faculty/staff members with an official accommodation letter each semester
  • Consult with Disability Services to clarify student requests for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services;
  • Uphold all expectations and standards for classroom behavior and academic performance equally for all students

Faculty/Staff Have the Responsibility to:

  • Provide accommodations in a fair and timely manner. Providing accommodations is not negotiable; however, the way in which accommodations are provided is negotiable. It is the responsibility of instructors and staff to promptly implement academic adjustments and aids for students after they have been approved by the Dean of Students Office.
  • Maintain confidentiality when working with students with disabilities
  • Determine the curricula of their courses and ensure that the proposed accommodations do not alter essential academic requirements
  • Promote equal educational opportunity to all students without regard to race, religion, gender, ability, age, national origin, or other non-merit factors.
  • Distinguish between content and activities that are essential to a course/program from those that are not essential and thus may be accommodated
  • Cooperate with procedures established by Disability Services, such as reviewing, signing, and returning forms for test accommodations, facilitating the use of note-takers, etc.
  • Include an accessibility syllabus statement. Faculty members may use the following statement on their course syllabi: 

A key point is that the faculty members should not seek to make arrangements on their own to accommodate students with disabilities.  If a student approaches you for a disability-related accommodation, please refer them to DS.

Last updated: August 11, 2022