A student in your class has a disability, and you have received an Accommodation Request Letter. These FAQs provide you with suggestions on how to implement some of those accommodations. In addition, there is some general information about accommodating students with disabilities. Please contact Eric Anderson or Lisa Forsythe with any questions or concerns.
"No qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from the participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of any public entity or be subject to discrimination by any such entity."Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990 (Section 202)
A: The purpose of accommodation is to ensure EQUAL ACCESS and the opportunity to participate fully in higher education, not to ensure academic success. Accommodations are provided because without them students would not have access to all the same information and facilities as other students in demonstrating their understanding of new learning in your course.
A: No, only those who meet very specific criteria. We are obligated by law to provide accommodations when:
A: The primary reason that a disability is not identified is the student's right to privacy. It is the student's choice if s/he wishes to share this information with you. All that you really need to know is that s/he has a qualifying disability and which accommodations are to be provided. If you have questions about how to best help this student, please contact the DAS Coordinator.
A: Here are two options:
A: A student may not use "other class" time for extended testing. For this reason, students must often schedule tests so that there are no conflicts with other classes. There are two basic options, and you can work with the student to see which will work best in your situation:
A: The student must make arrangements, in advance, with Disability Access Services. If the student does not need a proctor and an empty classroom is available, the instructor may arrange for the student to use that space. Testing space can be made available through the DAS office at the scheduled time, the student must also make this arrangement with the DAS office. (See previous answer.)
A: Here are three options:
A: The student has accommodations to provide him/her with equal access and to demonstrate his/her learning. He/she should not be graded any differently from any other student. The integrity of your course should not be compromised; the student is expected to meet the objectives of the course and submit quality work. To grade a student differently is discriminatory.
A: Include a statement on your syllabus as follows: "If you are a student with a disability, please contact Disability Access Services in the (Oak Harbor) Student Support Services office (360-679-5319) or (Mount Vernon) Counseling and Career Services office (360-416-7654) to make an informational appointment."
A: No. An instructor is typically required to allow a student to record his/her course if recording the class is determined to be an appropriate accommodation for a student's disability. Tape recorders are specifically mentioned in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act as a means of providing full participation in educational programs and activities. Occasionally, classroom discussion reveals items of a personal nature about students. If open discussions tend to reveal personal information, it would be appropriate to ask the student with a disability to turn off the recorder during these discussions. Contact the DAS office with questions or concerns about recording lectures.
A: Yes. It is possible to fail a student with a disability. The laws mandate access to education, not guaranteed academic success. When a faculty member has provided reasonable academic accommodations–all that is required to comply with the law–and the student does not meet the course requirements, a failing grade is both appropriate and lawful.
The following is a compliance checklist that may be helpful:
A: No. It is a civil rights violation to ask directly about a possible disability for a couple of reasons. First, the Americans with Disabilities Act states that a public entity may not make unnecessary inquiries into the existence of a disability. These inquiries usually relate to hiring or pre-admission screening, but when talking with students such inquiries should also be avoided. A direct inquiry such as this could also be considered intrusive or insensitive. You may simply tell the student that you notice he/she is having academic difficulty and encourage him/her to come talk with you about gaining assistance, just as you would with any student.
A: Privacy of student information, including that regarding student's disabilities or accommodation needs, should generally be handled according to guidelines of FERPA, the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Personal information of this nature should only be shared with those people within the institution who have an educational need to know.
A: The following are examples of accommodations/services provided by the DAS office.
A: For any questions regarding disabilities, please contact:
For any questions regarding accommodations, please contact:
NOTE: Tutoring is NOT an academic adjustment nor a reasonable academic accommodation as defined by Section 504 and the ADA. At SVC this service is provided to all eligible students. Have interested students contact (Oak Harbor) Courtney Richmond (360)-679-5393 or (Mount Vernon) Student Support Services, (360) 416-7636, for tutoring-related information.