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Faculty/Staff Responsibilities

  • 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 necessary accommodations.
  • For the Fall 2020 term, the process has been temporarily changed. After a student in need of accommodation contacts DSS office, faculty will receive an email identifying approved accommodations. This email is copied to the student. These accommodations are not custom-specific to a given course, so the student is directed to email the professor requesting further discussion about the necessity and/or implementation of these accommodations for each course. There will be no printed letters and no signature or returned copied of typical accommodation letters.
  • The student and faculty member should arrange a time to discuss the format of the class (e.g., traditional, hybrid, hy-flex, synchronous/asynchronous online), types of assessments, etc., so that the student can make appropriate decisions about what accommodations they may need in each class.  These conversations are not expected to happen in person, but can be handled via phone, email, Zoom, etc. If DSS guidance or assistance is needed at any stage, students or faculty may include in emails or call 205-65-6250.
  • Faculty are not obligated to provide accommodations until the accommodation letter is received although obvious needs should be met (i.e. wheelchair accessibility). Faculty should not refuse an accommodation letter without first contacting DSS. University staff also have an obligation to reasonably accommodate students with disabilities and should contact DSS for any guidance or support.
  • 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 may not impose an artificial deadline, but should be given sufficient notice to implement the requested accommodation.
  • 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 referrals. Faculty and staff should not request or keep medical or disability records in academic or other files.

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.

 Notetaking Support
 ADA Syllabi Statement
 Priority Registration
 Reasonable Modification of Attendance Policy
 Alternative Format Materials
 Services for Deaf & Hard-Of-Hearing
 Accessible (Disability) Parking