Frequently Asked Questions

What are reasonable accommodations?
They are modifications necessary (not imposing undue burden) to ensure access to essential course content and essential learning activities to a person with disabilities. Types of academic coursework to which students with disabilities need access include lectures, written assignments, field or lab work, exams, class discussions, Internet research, and/or participation in class activities. Some examples of reasonable accommodations in postsecondary settings include sign language interpreters, preferential seating, note takers, scribes, flexible attendance requirements, test modifications, and classes in accessible locations.

Is information about my disability kept confidential?
The office of disability services holds all records confidentially unless a student gives written permission to release the information, this includes faculty members.

How can faculty encourage students with disabilities to apply for services?
One way is letting students know, from the beginning of a course, that you are available to discuss accommodations for disabled students. The best accommodations are tailored to the individual and are often the result of a cooperative effort between the faculty member, the student, and staff of the disability services office. Another way is to include in the syllabus a statement like: "To request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact the disabled student services office 265-4133."

Is it fair to other students that some students can get accommodations in tests and others not?
The Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) states: "The results of an examination should accurately reflect an individual's aptitude or achievement level or whatever the test purports to measure, rather than reflecting an individual's impaired sensory, manual, or speaking skills."