Faculty and Staff Resources
Campus compliance with the ADA is a shared responsibility. We all play an important role in providing equal access for students with disabilities to academics, programs and facilities.
- Maintain the academic integrity of your course content.
- Require students to demonstrate mastery of essential knowledge and competencies of course content.
- Expect the same behavior or conduct standards for each student in your course.
- Request academic accommodation verification of a student's eligibility for any requested accommodations. Disability and Accessibility Resources is the only office designated to review disability documentation and determine eligibility for appropriate accommodations.
- To administer an accommodation as approved by Disability and Accessibility Resources. If students believe accommodations are not meeting disability-related needs, refer them back to Disability and Accessibility Resources.
- Expect the student to initiate accommodation requests.
- If students are taking their exams at the Academic Success Center (ASC), expect the ASC to administer exams in a secure and monitored environment.
- Maintain confidentiality.
- Identify and establish essential functions, skills, abilities and knowledge of your course content. This information should be used to evaluate all students in your course.
- Provide accommodations only to students who are registered with Disability and Accessibility Resources. It is not your responsibility to provide accommodations to students who are not registered with Disability and Accessibility Resources.
- On that note, please do refer students to Disability and Accessibility Resources who may not be registered but could benefit from services.
- To provide students with accommodations as outlined. If there is a concern about an approved accommodation, contact Disability and Accessibility Resources to discuss.
- Use a syllabus statement and class announcements to invite students to discuss their learning needs.
- Fill out test request forms.
- Be sure audio visual materials are accessible. If you have questions about captioning or need help creating a transcript, contact Disability and Accessibility Resources.
- Disability-related information shared by students should be treated and protected as confidential medical information. This includes verbal communication, email and printed information.
- Faculty do NOT have the right to ask students if they have a disability.
- For those students with documented disabilities, faculty do NOT have the right to ask about the nature of the disability. However, if students choose to disclose their disability, this information should be treated confidentially.
- Reasonable ACCOMMODATIONS
- Reasonable accommodations refer to modifications or adjustments to the materials, tasks, methods or environment that allows students equal access to academic content, programs and student life.
- The purpose of academic accommodations are to enable students to demonstrate what they learned rather than the effects of their disability.
Disability and Accessibility Resources is a part of the Academic Success Center. Jeanne Lindell and Carrie Dattels provide disability-related services and approve all disability-related accommodations for students. Megan Herzog keeps us running like a well oiled machine.
- Disability and Accessibility Resources supports the entire campus community. We want
to hear from you about what supports may be most helpful.
- You can contact Disability and Accessibility Resources by email or, if you prefer to talk to a real live person, call 616.395.7830 or schedule an appointment in Jeanne’s calendar or Carrie’s calendar.
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