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Disability Services Faculty & Staff Disability and Accommodations

General Accomodations Disability Accomodations


TYPES OF Accommodations

Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis and recommended only if the student would not have equal access to the academic opportunity without the accommodation.  Special Accommodation Request forms are provided to professors throughout the semester at the request of the student.  Students with disabilities are encouraged to begin the registration process early in order for professors to be notified of their needs prior to the first day of class.


Students are responsible for initiating discussion with each of their instructors regarding the Special Accommodations Request as soon as possible after students apply for support services. The objective of this discussion is to ensure mutual understanding and agreement regarding how the accommodations will be provided.


Alternate testing locations which provide a non-distractive environment should be arranged and agreed upon by the student and the professor prior to the first exam. If an appropriate room is unavailable in the academic department, a testing room can be reserved by the professor through Disability Services.


Alternate formats (large print, Braille, computer disk, email etc.) of printed materials, including syllabus, test schedules, handouts, and exams should be made available as indicated on the accommodation request form at the same time that this information is provided to the entire class.

Assistance in preparation of alternate formats is available in both the Steen Library and Disability Services.  For best results, documents for Braille translation or use with screen readers should be provided as a Word file attached to email or on disk. Hard copy scanning is sometimes an option for straight text documents, but document editing is necessary prior to translation to Braille. Charts, columns, forms, and other graphics may not reproduce effectively on the scanner. 


Extended time should be discussed prior to the first exam or in-class assignment so that the student knows how much time to expect and can pace his/her work accordingly. Generally, the additional time means from time and one-half up to twice as much as the time allotted to other students. Allowing all students extra time will not satisfy this special accommodation.


Leniency on attendance, if appropriate. It is not uncommon for students who are otherwise academically qualified to have serious health or psychiatric conditions that will pose legitimate barriers to their ability to attend class on a regular basis.  Modifying a program or a professor’s attendance standards need to be viewed in terms of the “essential” course requirements.  Sitting in a class for lecture may or may not be considered essential.  However, in many courses, class participation is an essential element of the educational goal of the course. 


Note taking assistance as noted on the accommodation request may include allowing tape recording of lectures, a buddy-system with a volunteer classmate using NCR paper provided by Disability Services, a note taker assigned by Disability Services, or a combination of these.  Note takers are not a substitution for class attendance unless the absence is disability related.


Sign language or oral interpreters <link to Role of Interpreters> are provided in the classroom to facilitate communication for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Depending on the length of the class, there may be two interpreters assigned to a class.  Disability Services also coordinates interpreting services for the university community; an Interpreter Request Form should be submitted to DS at least 24 hours in advance of scheduled meeting/event.


Service animals are welcome in all buildings on campus and may attend any class, meeting, or other event. Reasonable behavior is expected from the animals while on campus. If the animal exhibits unacceptable behavior, the handler is expected to employ the proper training techniques to correct the situation.  It is the responsibility of Faculty, Staff, and Students to permit service animals to accompany the handler to all areas of the facility were the handler is normally allowed to go. Animals on University Property (D-3)

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