Disability Services is here to support our faculty and staff as we work to create an accessible campus community. The resources below are provided to answer most questions, but our staff are always available for further collaboration.
- Main Campus – Faculty Guide to Accommodating Students with Disabilities
- Adult & Online Education – Faculty Guide to Accommodating Students with Disabilities
- Request Access Services for an Event
- Main Campus – Q&A: Animals on Campus
- Adult & Online Education – Q&A: Animals on Campus
Students with accommodations have been sent an electronic copy of their accommodation letters. We are asking that they email you this electronic copy and update you on their accommodation needs in the remote course format.
You should be contacted by all of your students who have accommodations about one of three possible options:
- If they need ALL the same accommodations, they will email you to ask how these accommodations will be provided in the remote setting.
- If they only need SOME of their current accommodations, they will email you and let you know which accommodations they will continue to need in the remote format, and ask how those will be provided.
- If they need to add NEW accommodations, they are asked to contact us. We will issue a new letter if this is needed.
Here are some possible questions you may receive:
How will my extended time be provided? Blackboard allows the test time to be set for each student using Test Availability Options. Other software should have options available – search for “accommodations” and “disability” in the help menus. If you are using test time to limit use of course materials on the test, please know that students who are approved for extended test time must still be provided with that extension accommodation.
What about separate setting for tests? Students in the remote environment can use any setting they want, so this accommodation should not generally be needed. If a student has a concern about this, refer them to us.
What about note taking? If you are posting recorded lectures, your student may still need notes. We have reached out to all students who receive notes to find out if this service is still needed. If so, Disability Services will continue to use the same note takers and provide notes as usual. You will not need to take additional steps.
What about captioning? If you are posting videos, you may have students who need captions. It’s always best practice to use videos with captions if available. If you get this request and don’t know how to provide the captions, please contact Disability Services for support.
What about students who have trouble with screens? Students may have migraines, visual impairments or other health issues that are complicated by longer screen time requirements. If students share this with you, kindly refer them to Disability Services for support.
What about extensions of deadlines for discussion boards, written assignments or projects? Some students with specific learning disabilities or other impairments may struggle with short deadlines. If you receive this request and are uncomfortable providing extensions, please refer the student to Disability Services and we will work with both of you to find a solution.
What about attendance accommodations? If you have students who ask about their attendance accommodations, please ask them to contact Disability Services for assistance.
If you need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact Disability Services – email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Many questions are answered through the transition resources provided by IT, but we will be happy to assist if you have specific concerns.
During this period access to our services can be obtained during regular business hours via email. We will also schedule phone calls via email. We greatly appreciate your partnership and graceful response as we work through this transition together!