Ask the student if they have met with DSS and if an accommodation letter has been created in ClockWork. If so, they need to send the letter to you electronically via ClockWork for you to view and approve. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with you to discuss how the accommodations will be implemented.
Refer the student to DSS if they have not yet met with DSS to create the accommodations letter. Remind the student that accommodations cannot be implemented without a formal accommodations letter from DSS.
An accommodation letter is intended to communicate the academic accommodations necessary to fully participate in each course, based on the present impact of the student's disability as disclosed to DSS.
If the student discloses a disability without presenting a letter of accommodation from DSS, please refer the student to the DSS Office--201 Smith Hall.
It is the student's responsibility to:
"Sending the letters is a 2-step process:
DSS is only able to provide limited space for those students whose exam accommodation requires the use of Assistive Technology. Instructors are expected to provide exam accommodations for students registered with the DSS Office as specified in the student's accommodation letter. Meeting with the student is necessary to discuss how those accommodations will be implemented. INSTRUCTORS, please check with your Department or College regarding any support or process. As extenuating circumstances may arise, please contact DSS at 603-862-2607 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
INSTRUCTORS, please check with your Department or College regarding any support or process for providing test accommodations. As extenuating circumstances may arise, please contact DSS at 603-862-2607 or via email at email@example.com.
Reasonable accommodations are determined on the basis of the disability, its impact, and the course, program, activity or facility involved.
The intent of accommodations is to provide the student an "equal opportunity" to access, engage and demonstrate mastery of the course content in an equally effective and integrated manner as their peers. Accommodations do not guarantee "success".
Reasonable accommodations may also require adjustments to policies and procedures (i.e. adjustments to a no pets policy or strict attendance policies).
Provisional ('temporary') accommodations may be provided for 1 semester while additional documentation is sought to clarify the specific needs and appropriate accommodations.
Accommodations are based on a standard of "reasonableness" - what a reasonable person would reasonably consider to be reasonable (legal comment)
*In courses where an element is deemed to be "essential" (i.e., attendance) a discussion between the instructor and DSS may be necessary to determine if that element meets the "essential" threshold, as defined by legal decisions in OCR and court cases.
If you believe an accommodation request is unreasonable, please call DSS to discuss your concerns with the Director (603-862-0830).
While implementation of accommodations may vary, it is illegal to deny identified, and reasonable accommodations.
DSS is always available to consult or collaborate about implementation of accommodations, other possible strategies, and addressing concerns about student performance.
If evaluation of the work/performance merits a failing grade, that is appropriate.
Specific information about a student's disability is confidential, and should not be shared. General information about classroom strategies may be discussed while ensuring the student's anonymity. Feel free to contact DSS for assistance and refer other instructors to DSS as well.
Accommodation letters are only provided for students registered with DSS who have provided appropriate documentation.
If a student discloses a disability and/or requests accommodations without an accommodations letter, they should be referred to DSS. There is no obligation for faculty to provide any accommodations without receipt of a letter from DSS. Faculty should not accept any documentation from the student. Please instruct the student to bring any documentation with them to the DSS Office, Rm. 201 Smith Hall.
The Americans with Disabilities Act as amended (ADAA) defines a person with a disability as:
While the ADAA offers protection from discrimination for individuals who have a record of impairment and people who are regarded as having a disability, accommodations are only necessitated by the functional impact(s) of the disability in a given environment.
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