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Faculty and Staff Resources

Campus compliance with the ADA is a shared responsibility. We all play an important role in providing equitable access for students with disabilities to academics, programs and facilities.

RIGHTS
  • 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 standards for each student in your course.
  • Request academic accommodation verification of students’ eligibility for any requested accommodations. Disability and Accessibility Resources (DAR) is the only office designated to review disability documentation and determine eligibility for appropriate accommodations.
  • Administer an accommodation as approved by DAR. If students believe accommodations are not meeting disability-related needs, refer them back to DAR.
  • Expect the student to initiate accommodation requests.
  • Expect DAR staff to administer exams in a secure and monitored environment.
RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Identify and establish essential functions, skills, abilities, and knowledge of your course content, and use this information to evaluate all students in your course.
  • Provide accommodations only to students who are registered with Disability and Accessibility Resources (DAR). It is not your responsibility to provide accommodations to students who are not registered with DAR.
  • Refer students to DAR who have self-disclosed about a disability but may not be registered and could benefit from services.
  • Provide students with accommodations as outlined. Contact DAR to discuss any concerns about an approved accommodation.
  • 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. Contact DAR if you have questions about captioning or need help creating a transcript.
CONFIDENTIALITY
  • 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.
  1. Disability and Accessibility Resources (DAR) is co-located with 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. 
  2. Disability and Accessibility Resources serves as a faculty resource for accessibility and implementing accommodations for students. 
  3. 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.