Disability Support Services
Faculty members have several
responsibilities regarding the accommodation process:
- Faculty/staff should establish a cooperative atmosphere when dealing
with students with disabilities. They should interact with students with disabilities in
the same manner as other students, but be clear that they are willing to provide
- The student requesting accommodations is expected to deliver the
accommodation letters to the faculty member each semester. The student is
provided two copies of the letter- one for the faculty member to sign and
return to DSS indicating their consent to provide recommended
accommodations, and one for the faculty member to keep for their own
- The student and faculty member should arrange a time to meet outside of
class to discuss implementation methods of providing the requested
- Faculty are not obligated to provide accommodations until the
accommodation letter is received although obvious needs should be met (i.e.
wheelchair accessibility). However, faculty should not refuse an
accommodation letter without first contacting DSS. University staff
also have an obligation to reasonably accommodate students with
- Accommodations are not provided retroactively.
- Students may turn in accommodation requests at any time throughout the
semester, although DSS recommends this be done as early as possible.
- Faculty/staff should refer students (who are not registered with DSS)
who disclose a disability or request accommodation to DSS. Faculty are encouraged to actively assist
students to make contact with DSS and to consider documenting such
- University staff also have an obligation to reasonably accommodate
students with disabilities.
The following links will cover some of the more commonly requested
accommodations and services. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list, nor
is it designed to include every detail regarding a DSS process or procedure. For
information on more specific services or accommodations, please contact the
DSS Office and review the