Disability Services Faculty & Staff Responsibilities

Faculty and Staff Responsibilities

Student Responsibilities

Disability Services Responsibilities

Shared Responsibilities



  • Integrate accessibility into the planning process for departmental facilities, programs, activities, and services.
  • Provide access for persons with disabilities to programs, services, activities, and facilities of respective department.
  • Seek guidance from Disability Services to identify resources available to provide access.
  • Provide printed material for classroom instruction in alternate format, if requested; non-academic departments should indicate in program publications, brochures, etc. that alternate format is available upon request.
  • Utilize, and be responsive to the use of, assistive equipment/technology or modifications that will facilitate effective communication for persons with disabilities.
  • Minimally, include a statement on each course syllabus regarding accommodation requests.
  • Discuss with the student how accommodations will be provided throughout the semester.
  • Refer students to Disability Services if they are experiencing academic difficulty or need access, should circumstances indicate a referral would be appropriate.
  • If the disability is clear and you are awaiting official notification of needed accommodations, provide assistance as appears appropriate during the interim.
  • Contact Disability Services for clarification when questions arise regarding accommodations.



  • Self-identify as a qualified student with a disability.
  • Make specific request for reasonable accommodations in a timely manner.
  • Provide documentation as specified in SFA guidelines.
  • Participate in the accommodation process and understand that the process is intended to be interactive and collaborative.
  • Meet with the Director of Disability Services prior to initial semester in which accommodations will be requested whenever possible.
  • Initiate appointment and re-apply in Disability Services each semester in which accommodations are requested.
  • Initiate conference with each professor who receives a Special Accommodation Request to insure mutual understanding of how accommodations will be provided.
  • Contact Disability Services if questions or difficulties related to the provision of accommodations arise that can not be resolved between the student and faculty/staff.
  • Abide by the Code of Conduct and other regulations applicable to all students enrolled at SFA.



  • Facilitate and coordinate the provision of special accommodations for students with disabilities.
  • Develop policies and procedures to guide the provision of support services and institutional compliance with legislative mandates regarding persons with disabilities.
  • Communicate departmental procedures to students, faculty, and staff.
  • Facilitate assessment of documentation and applications for academic and housing accommodations.
  • Communicate to student applicant results of assessment, including requests for additional documentation, recommendations for transitional support services and/or accommodations.
  • Maintain pool of service providers and coordinate provider assignments.
  • Maintain confidential records, including documentation.
  • Provide guidance and resource referrals for students, faculty and staff who receive and/or provide access to facilities, programs, activities, and services for persons with disabilities.
  • Contact faculty and staff on behalf of student/clients when appropriate to facilitate the provision of accommodations and/or access to services.



Students with disabilities have the primary responsibility to self-identify and request accommodations in a timely manner as neither faculty nor staff are required to anticipate individual student needs. University personnel, including both faculty and staff, should integrate accessibility into the routine planning process for delivery of programs and services of their departments. Accessibility should be considered in arranging field trips and special events, designing computer labs, purchasing videos, computers and software, and creating web sites.

When a student discloses a disability, faculty and staff members should be receptive to ways they can facilitate learning or promote access. It may be as simple as allowing a student to sit in front of the classroom or making an enlargement on the copy machine. Students with disabilities should not be discouraged from specific fields of study if they meet the admission requirements and maintain the appropriate grades and are otherwise qualified. If the student waits until late in the semester to request an accommodation (such as extended test time), the professor is only required to provide accommodations from the time the Special Accommodation Request is received and does not need to offer make up exams, etc.

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