FAQs For Faculty
How do I know if a student is registered for accommodations?
- When students complete the three-step registration process for accommodations with the Accessibility Services Center, their professors are notified via email from our office. The Accessibility Services Center requires that students submit an Accommodations Request each semester for their accommodations to be in place. A student’s accommodations are not considered active until the request is submitted.
- If you have not received notification from the ASC regarding a student’s accommodations during the current semester than they either are not registered or have not requested their accommodations for that semester. If you are unsure, please contact 386-822-7127 and we can assist you.
What if I am not sure how to provide a particular accommodation to a student?
The Accessibility Services Center is more than happy to collaborate with faculty to better understand how to ensure students’ access or explore creative solutions to classroom accessibility barriers. We know that sometimes the structure of a course does not always allow for seamless implementation of accommodations and may require additional discussion (e.g., lab courses where a student requires extended time on evaluations). The Accessibility Services Center is always available to collaborate with faculty and students to find solutions to barriers to access while also maintaining the academic integrity of the course.
I am not sure that a student’s accommodations are legitimate, what should I do?
- Students are required to meet with staff at the Accessibility Services Center to establish accommodations. Before this meeting, a student’s documentation is reviewed to ensure that accommodations established through the Accessibility Services Center correlate with a student’s need based on their documented disabilities and personally reported barriers.
- If you have concerns about the appropriateness of a student’s recommended accommodations please contact 386-822-7127.
I believe that a student would benefit from accommodations but I have not received communication regarding the student from Accessibility Services, can I provide the accommodations anyway?
The Accessibility Services Center asks that if you believe a student may be eligible for accommodations that you speak with them. They may be registered but have forgotten to request accommodations for the semester. If they have not already reached out to the Accessibility Services Center, your referral may encourage them to seek assistance. Throughout the conversation, it is important to focus on observable behaviors (e.g. running out of time on exams, difficulty keeping up with content, consistent spelling or grammatical issues on papers). It is the policy of the Accessibility Services Center not to reveal a student’s accommodations without their permission and if asked we can only inform faculty of whether or not a student is registered for accommodations and if they have requested accommodations for the current semester.
There is a month left of the semester and I just received an email from the Accessibility Services Center informing of a student’ accommodations, do I still need to honor their accommodations?
Yes. Students have the right to request their accommodations at any time during the semester. This means that students sometimes request to have their accommodations active mid-semester, and the accommodations are still honored. Unless extenuating circumstances have been communicated, the Accessibility Services Center has established a general expectation that new accommodations requests cannot be implemented starting 1 week prior to final exams.
How far in advance must a student inform me of their testing accommodations prior to needing them on an exam?
- The Accessibility Services Center asks students to request their accommodations 5-7 days prior to an exam if testing in the space provided by the ASC. If a student fails to do so, it is with the understanding that the ASC may not be able to reasonably accommodate the request due to available space, staffing, or time. According to a new policy instituted during the spring 2018 term, students are now only allowed two late exam requests per semester.
- If a student contacts you asking for accommodations on an exam, you may provide the requested accommodations, if able. If a student failed to submit an exam request in the expected 5-7 day window, students are aware that access to their accommodations at that point is not guaranteed. If I student requests testing accommodations on the day of an exam, with no prior notice, it is not expected that faculty implement those accommodations. That student is still eligible to request and utilize accommodations for future exams provided they are registered with the ASC and have coordinated with our office or faculty in advance.
A student brought an animal into the classroom, what should I do?
The university has an established "Animals on Campus" policy. Please visit the Guidelines for Animals on Campus webpage. This page includes the full policy, as well as helpful FAQs specifically about animals in classrooms and other campus areas. Any additional questions can be referred to the Accessibility Services Center (firstname.lastname@example.org; 386-822-7127).