Student Accessibility Services (SAS) 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”, and may be considered unreasonable if they:
Otherwise, accommodations are based on a standard of “reasonableness” – what a reasonable person would reasonably expect to be reasonable (legal comment).
While implementation of accommodations may vary, it is illegal to deny identified and reasonable accommodations.
ACCESSIBILITY v. ACCOMMODATION
SAS works toward an inclusive, universally accessible community. Issues related to Accessible Instructional Materials (e.g., videos, pdfs, lectures), classroom access (e.g., building, room, seating), and communication (e.g., interpreter/CART) are addressed ongoing with a specific focus on identified student needs in order to create access. These efforts provide access, rather than accommodation, and are separate from the student accommodation letter. No accommodation letter is necessary to address these needs.
An accommodation letter, which the student initiates and sends via ClockWork directly to instructors, identifies the classroom accommodations to be provided that generally are only done on the basis of "disability" and once the letter is received.
It is important to note the distinction between ACCESSIBILITY, which is done to remove known barriers, and ACCOMMODATION, which is a formal letter of notification.
SAS 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 SAS 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 SAS at 603.862.2607 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complete instructions for modifying the time limit of an online quiz for an individual student can be found on this Canvas Community weblink.
In an effort to better communicate the Notetaker opportunity to students, SAS has changed the Notetaker process. If a student in your class is eligible for the services of a Notetaker, and requests one for your class, SAS will send an informational email directly to all students enrolled in that course to notify them of the Notetaker opportunity. Previously, it was up to the student to initiate contact with faculty to request an announcement be made to the class and flyers be distributed. Faculty will still be notified via email that the request has been made, but an announcement is no longer required. The purpose of this new approach is to relieve students and faculty from having to recruit a Notetaker and to better inform students of the opportunity so more Notetaker positions are filled.