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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 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.
  • Request academic accommodation verification of a student's eligibility for any requested accommodations. Disability Services is the only office designated to review disability documentation and determine eligibility for appropriate accommodations.
  • Expect the student to initiate accommodation requests.
  • If the 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 Services. It is not your responsibility to provide accommodations to students who are not registered with Disability Services.
  • On that note, please do refer students to Disability Services who may not be registered but could benefit from services. 
  • Use a syllabus statement and class announcements to invite students to discuss their learning needs. 
  • Fill out test request form. 
  • Make sure audio visual materials are accessible.

To further understand your rights and responsibilities, it is helpful to understand the related legislative mandates. The following information can be reviewed to gain an understanding of how these laws apply to faculty.

  • 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 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.

You may have noticed changes within Disability Services. We want you to feel confident about knowing who we are and what we do. Below is a summary of recent changes:

  1. Disability Services is a part of the Academic Success Center. Jeanne Lindell and Carrie Dattels provide disability-related supports and approve all disability-related accommodations for students. Megan Herzog keeps us running like a well oiled machine. 
  2. Disability Services supports the entire campus community. We want to hear from you about what supports may be most helpful.
  3. You can contact Disability Services 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.