This section contains important information to help you work with the Student Accessibility and Support Services (SASS) in the management of a student's approved reasonable accommodations, per federal legislation.
Academic Disability Policy
Faculty should include one of the recommended syllabus statements (PDF) on your syllabus to direct a student to the Student Accessibility and Support Services office.
There are several reasons why a syllabus statement is critical. A syllabus statement normalizes the accommodation process, while helping to create a positive and welcoming environment for students with disabilities. The statement invites the professor, student, and Student Accessibility and Support Services office (SASS) to work together in an interactive and collaborative process when providing legally mandated accommodations. It also serves as a reminder to students who request accommodations that these arrangements need to be made each term. Students regularly tell us that when a professor reads the statement aloud they feel more comfortable communicating with the professor regarding their accommodations.
Letters of Accommodation
For any accommodated student in your class, you and the student will receive an email from SASS with the accommodation letter attached. By replying “all” to the email you are acknowledging the receipt of the letter and compliance with the accommodations. SASS expects the student and the faculty to discuss the implementation of the accommodations.
If a student only needs extended time as an accommodation the expectation is that the student will take the exam with the rest of the class. Alternatively, exam proctoring can be provided by SASS if scheduled within a week of the exam. Refer to Exam Proctoring: Faculty Procedures.
Please direct any questions or concerns to the SASS office before the next class.
Frequently Asked Questions
Guidelines and Procedures
- Course Flexibility with Attendance/Deadlines Guide for Faculty (PDF)
- Exam Proctoring: Faculty Procedures (PDF)
- Use of a Notetaker: Faculty Directions (PDF
- Faculty Rights and Responsibilities (PDF)
- For Faculty: Exam Accommodations - How You Can Help (PDF)
- Sample Syllabus Statements (PDF)
- The Difference Between Accessibility and Accommodation (PDF)
Selected Resources: Disabilities, Higher Education, and the Law
- A Guide to Disability Rights Laws
- Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans With Disabilities Act