Just as with your other students, you carry the ultimate responsibility for conveying the course content and assessing the learning of students with disabilities. If a student needs to be accommodated, the student will provide you with a copy of the accommodations notice to sign, typically a few days prior to the start of a semester or within the first few days of the semester. Included in the notice will be the student’s name, the course number and section, and a description of the approved accommodations that you need to provide.
Sometimes students may choose to attempt a course on their own (e.g., take a first exam) before requesting assistance through the DRC office. The DRC does not recommend this, but students do have the right to make that decision. If a student chooses to wait, you will be notified shortly after they request services. Professors are entitled to adequate time to make any changes in the course or tests, and students are informed that they cannot simply show up and expect to be accommodated on the spot.
Note: A student’s right to accommodations is not retroactive. They are only guaranteed after the student provides documentation, eligibility is determined, and the student returns the accommodations form signed by the student and instructor to the DRC office. In effort to assist students in a proactive way, the DRC will notify instructors via email that a student will be approaching them with an accommodation form to sign. A copy of the form will be provided for the instructors’ informational purposes and record keeping.
If complex or time-consuming accommodations are involved (e.g., converting your instructional materials to a tactile form, enlarging handouts, etc.) the DRC office will try to notify you well in advance of the start of the semester, in addition to sending a reminder notice at the usual time right before classes begin. The DRC staff will assist you in converting materials if needed. Note: this desirable practice is limited by the actions of students who may delay qualifying for disability services or alter their class schedules at the last minute, and when teaching assignments occur relatively late.
Accommodation notices and the student’s identity are to be treated confidentially and shared with other University instructors and academic support staff only to the extent necessary to provide the services mentioned. Under no circumstances should accommodations be arranged through an announcement in class that reveals a student’s name and/or disability. Even students whose accommodations take place inside the classroom (special seating, receipt of special materials, etc.) understandably must be addressed in the most confidential manner possible.