Responsibilities of Students

A student with disability should first:

  • Self identify concerning disability status to DSR in a timely manner.
  • Provide disability documentation that is not more than five years old.
  • Request necessary accommodations from DSR.

A student who has thus identified him/herself with DSR and has requested written documentation to professors must present a memo from the DSR to the professor stating requested classroom accommodations.

If eligible for alternative testing (extended time and/or alternative format), the student is responsible for providing the professor with a Test Accommodation Form to be filled out each time an exam is to be taken through DSR or if a DSR proctor is requested.

Shared Responsibilities

Students with disabilities have the first responsibility to report their needs to the faculty in a timely manner as faculty are not required to anticipate special student needs.

Faculty/staff members should keep students in mind when making special class arrangements such as field trips.

Faculty/staff should state on the syllabus that students inform them of their special needs to ensure that those needs are met in a timely manner:

This approach demonstrates to students that you are someone who is sensitive to and concerned about meeting the needs of ALL students you teach. Such an invitation to discuss individual needs can go a long way toward encouraging the student with a disability to approach the instructor early.

If a student waits until the day of an exam to ask for extended time or a separate testing area, the student has failed to make the request in a timely manner. If the student fails to ask for extended time until late in the semester, the instructor is only required to provide accommodations from that time and does not need to offer make up exams.

When a student discloses a disability, faculty/staff members should ask for what they can do to facilitate learning. Often it is as simple as allowing the student to sit in the front of the class.

Faculty/staff members may not discourage students from specific fields of study if the student meets the admission requirements and maintains the appropriate grades and is otherwise qualified.

Faculty/staff members are responsible for providing an education and the student is responsible for maintaining the academic requirements.

Page last modified February 14, 2014