Information for Faculty

Access is a campus-wide responsibility but faculty play a major role in responding to the instructional needs of students. We hope that the information in this section will help give you an idea of different types of accommodations and what they entail. This is not an exhaustive list. Please call our office if you have any questions about any accommodation listed on the professor letter given to you by your students who work with our office.

IN THE CLASSROOM

ABILITY TO SIT, STAND OR WALK AROUND: Some students require accommodation to manage pain or anxiety. The ability to move around often alleviates the symptoms of pain or anxiety.
ACCESS TO PROFESSOR POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS: Students may be provided a copy of Power Point presentations.
ALTERNATIVE FORMAT FOR CLASSROOM HANDOUTS AND MATERIALS: Students may request enlarged print on course syllabi/handouts (legal size min. 18 pt.)
ALTERNATIVE MEDIA: Students may have electronic textbooks or audio textbooks through the Alternative Media Access Center. It is the student's responsibility to request this service, if their documentation supports it; the Student Disability Resource Center will certify the student's needs.
AUDIO RECORDER/SMART-PEN: Students will be allowed to record any regular class lecture with the instructor's permission.
CAPTIONED MEDIA: Students requiring sign language interpreters and/or captioning will have this service coordinated on an individual basis.
DISABILITY RELATED ABSENCES: Due to some student’s disability, exacerbation of his/her condition could occur during the semester, requiring medical treatment and class absences. Special consideration might be considered regarding attendance, however, most importantly, the student is required to meet the essential course requirements. A discussion between the instructor and student should include:
*What the instructor considers to be a reasonable amount of absences in this class.
*The instructor's preferred method of being contacted and what he/she considers timely notification of the student's absence.
*The time table to make up missed assignments and exams/quizzes, if applicable.
DISABILITY RELATED TARDY OR LEAVE CLASS SUDDENLY: Some students require accommodation to manage pain, anxiety or other disability related occurrences. Students are responsible for discussing tardiness or leaving class with the instructor.
FOOD AND DRINK: Some students, particularly diabetics, require food and drink in the classroom to manage blood sugar throughout the day.
NOTE-TAKING ASSISTANCE: Students may ask the instructor to read a statement to the class asking for volunteer note-takers. Both the note-taker and the student registered with the Student Disability Resource Center are required to attend class regularly.
PRIORITY SEATING: Students may need specific seating arrangements to accommodate needs. Such arrangements may include front row seating, seating near an entrance, and alternative seating if in-class desks/chairs are not accessible.

QUIZZES/EXAMS

ALTERNATIVE FORMAT TESTS/QUIZ: Altering the format of tests or answer sheets may be necessary to accommodate a student's needs. For example, some students can not take tests or quizzes on computers. Some students may need to have a proctor transfer answers onto a Scantron sheet. It is the student's responsibility to inform faculty/staff of their intent to use their testing accommodations, and to make arrangements with the Testing Center if applicable.
COMPUTER SPELL/GRAMMAR CHECK, OR OTHER ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY: It is the student's responsibility to inform faculty/staff of their intent to use their testing accommodations, and to make arrangements with the Testing Center if applicable.
DISTRACTION REDUCED TESTING ENVIRONMENT: It is the student's responsibility to inform faculty/staff of their intent to use their testing accommodations, and to make arrangements for a distraction reduced environment with the Testing Center if applicable.
ENLARGED PRINT: Students may request enlarged print on quizzes/exams (legal size min. 18 pt.) It is the student's responsibility to inform faculty/staff of their intent to use their testing accommodations, and to make arrangements with the Testing Center if applicable.
EXTENDED TIME: Students may be granted one-and-a-half to two times the normal time to complete quizzes and exams. It is the student's responsibility to inform faculty/staff of their intent to use their extended time and to make arrangements with the Testing Center if they would like to test separately from the class.
FORMULA SHEET: A formula sheet is an index card or single page created by the student or instructor that includes any relevant formula to be recalled during a test. It cannot include any notes or outline format that would provide cues as to when a given formula should be used.  The instructor should have an opportunity, prior to the test, to review and sign off on it, being certain that it does not provide the student with an unfair advantage. It is the student's responsibility to inform faculty/staff of their intent to use their testing accommodations, and to make arrangements with the Testing Center if applicable.
NON-PROGRAMMABLE CALCULATORS: Students may use non-programmable calculators on exams in math courses. It is the student's responsibility to inform faculty/staff of their intent to use their testing accommodations, and to make arrangements with the Testing Center if applicable.
STOP-THE-CLOCK BREAKS: Some students may need to take a break or breaks during quizzes/exams. These breaks should not be included in the student's overall time allotment. It is the student's responsibility to inform faculty/staff of their intent to use their testing accommodations, and to make arrangements with the Testing Center if applicable.
TEXT TO SPEECH SOFTWARE READER: Students may use assistive technology, including voice recognition software, to complete written areas of quizzes/exams. It is the student's responsibility to inform faculty/staff of their intent to use their testing accommodations, and to make arrangements with the Testing Center if applicable.
WORD BANK: A word bank is an index card or single page created by the student or instructor that includes the specific, relevant vocabulary to be recalled during a course test. It cannot include material that would provide the student with an advantage over the other students.  For example, it cannot include definitions, or material such as proper names or place names or numbers/dates. The instructor should have an opportunity, prior to the test, to review and sign off on it, being certain that it does not provide the student with an unfair advantage. It is the student's responsibility to inform faculty/staff of their intent to use their testing accommodations, and to make arrangements with the Testing Center if applicable.