Q. How do I know if a student in my class is eligible for an accommodation?
A. Students should be approaching you to notify you they receive classroom accommodations, and to tell you what those accommodations are. Please note: Students are not required to disclose their specific diagnosis to you, as they have already registered with the Accessibility Services Office. However, students can opt to share that information with you if they choose to.
Verification of the accommodation can be viewed in your class roster by following these instructions.
Q. What does the accommodation of flexibility with attendance (formally excused absences) mean, and how do I determine the number of absences I should allow a student to use?
A. When you see this code it means the student “may miss, be late for, or need to leave early from class, if necessitated by a medical condition.” Students with such an accommodation have medical conditions for which they cannot predict when flare-ups will occur, but such flare-ups would render the student unable to participate in class.
You as the faculty make the determination as to exactly how many abences are reasonable, given the requirements and standards to complete your course. Sitting with the student to devise and record a plan for missed work/class lecture, etc., is strongly encouraged - please use the form at the bottom of this page as guidance. The accessibility services staff and the student’s class dean are also available for consultation, and are more than willing to help.
Q. If I give students participation points and have a student with the accommodation of flexibility with attendance (formally called excused absences), how do I grade their participation if they are not in class?
A. If students are given points based on class participation and discussion or group work, you would re-weight their participation points for the number of classes they attend. If you provide students with full participation points just for coming to class, you would provide the full points to the student with the flexibility with attendance accommodation.
Q. If I have questions about the validity of an accommodation, or the timeliness in which I was notified, should I take that up with the student?
A. Yes, if the questions relate to timeliness or other logistics. All other questions or concerns should be directed to accessibility services.
Q. If a student only tells me about their extended time/distraction reduced/distraction free accommodation on the day of the exam (or any time within a week of the exam), do I have to provide the accommodation?
A. Students are required to give their professor a minimum of a week's notice to use their testing accommodations. If you can provide the accommodation, please do; however, you are not required to.
Q. If a student is eligible for extended time on an exam, should the student be excused from a portion of the class for use as their extra time?
A. No, because this would place the student in a position of choosing between their necessary accommodation and other educational benefits.
Q. If a student has the accommodation of extended time, should I reduce the number of questions the student is required to complete? This would allow the student the opportunity to take the exam within the same timeframe as the rest of the class is given.
A. No, because such different treatment (ex. fewer questions on an exam, a different exam, etc.) would result in the student not receiving the equal educational benefit of taking the same test as the student's classmates.
Q. If a student comes to me and says they need an accommodation, and the accommodation does not appear on my roster, should I allow them to use it?
A. Please contact accessibility services to verify the student’s accommodation request. If the student is not registered with accessibility services, or the accommodation the student is requesting has not been approved, we will let you know.
Q. What if a student comes to me and asks for an accommodation just one time, should I allow it?
A. Maybe, depending on the circumstances. For example, there are times where students have personal situations, and may ask for flexibility. If this is a one-time request -- and the student does not indicate that the request is due to a disability -- you can make the decision to grant the student’s request.
However, when a student requests the same request before every test, or discloses a disability (ex. a learning disability, or mental illness, etc.) even if the student insists an accommodation for the disability is needed only once, please refer them to accessibility services.
Q. What is the difference between an accommodation and a modification?
A. A modification is an adjustment which is given to a student with no frequency, a “one-off” request. When a student is asking for the same modification before every exam, they are requesting an accommodation, and should be referred to accessibility services.