Disability Services for Students (DSS) is charged with collecting appropriate disability-related documentation and identifying academic accommodations for eligible students with disabilities. Collaboration with faculty is often necessary and important in discussing what may be reasonable in a particular situation.
Students with disabilities are expected to meet the same standards, requirements and expectations of the course. Accommodations allow for “equal access” and “equal opportunity."
While there is no "list" of accommodations, some of the more common ones are noted and explained below. Accommodations are based on the impact(s) of the disability, the essential elements of the program/activity and discussion with the student. They are determined on a case-by-case basis.
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Accommodations : To comply with federal law and policy with respect to students with documented disabilities, please be aware of the following:
- Accommodations are only to be provided to students registered with Disability Services for Students (DSS) and from whom you have received a letter of accommodation.
- Accommodations for exams and other course performance evaluations should occur on the same day and in the same format as for all other students, unless an alternate format is required by the accommodation.
- It is faculty responsibility to schedule and provide the exam/test/quiz at an alternative time if the student may not be accommodated at the same time as all other students.
- Exams and all other evaluations of performance must be the same as what is provided to all others in the course (i.e. no harder nor in a different format, unless that format is required by the accommodation). Examinations given at alternate times are not to be considered make-up examinations.
- A dropped exam policy may only be applied to an accommodated exam if the student chooses that option.
- An accommodation requiring a notetaker, or other means of taking notes, must be allowed. This applies to students recording and/or using iPad/laptop for taking notes.
Absences from courses with attendance policies: In some cases, students with disabilities may have disability-related absences. To the extent possible without compromising learning in the class, those absences should not be counted as violating the attendance policy. Students remain responsible for any missed work.
Proctoring: DSS provides proctoring support for students requiring assistive technology. For all other accommodations requiring alternate test administration (distraction-reduced, extended time, etc.), faculty are responsible for seeking solutions and should request the assistance of their departments in locating rooms and proctors if necessary. Note: Under some circumstances, the college dean’s office will assist with locating space and providing funds for student proctors.