Guidelines for Faculty
Accommodating Students with Disabilities
· Alternate testing (separate room, extended time)
· Use of note taker
· Spelling amnesty (use of spell checking or relaxed penalty for misspelling)
· Tape recording of lectures
· Preferential/reserved seating
· Flexibility of due dates/deadlines as a result of disability-related absences
· Other (based on documentation and individual needs, deemed appropriate by DS office)
Tips that facilitate learning in all students:
· establish and clarify expectations
· use outlines or study guides
· use visual aids
· encourage cooperative learning
· identify key terms
· acknowledge differences in experience and cultural background
· teach to a variety of learning styles
· embrace the principles of multimedia and interactive learning
· To request a signed agreement from students for disability- related taping of lectures. (Agreement forms are available from DS).
· To challenge accommodations that would jeopardize the academic standards or integrity of the course/program
· To deny accommodations if student has not presented Letter of Introduction/Accommodations Form from DS office. *
*Allowing an accommodation that is not available to all students may legally obligate this and other colleges to provide future accommodations. (The student could thereafter be “regarded “as having a disability.)
· To provide accommodations when student has presented a letter of introduction from the DS office · To refer students who request accommodations or who disclose that they have a disability to the DS office.
· To include a reasonable accommodation statement on syllabi*
Disability Accommodation Statement
Any student who feels he or she may need an accommodation for any type of disability should make contact with the Disability Services Coordinator in the Advising and Career Service Center of the Campus Center Building. Phone (541) 440-7655 or (541) 440-7760 or Oregon Relay 1-800-735-2900.
Disability documentation and the nature of the disability is confidential between the student and Disability Services unless the student chooses to reveal it. Any explicit or implicit inference to a particular student and the disability is inappropriate.
Letter of Introduction:
Students are required to Register for Disability Services each term. The student will complete a Request for Academic Approved Accommodatin Notification form. The Disability Services Coordinator will then email the instructors of the accommodations. There is a place on the letter for the instructor’s initials, indicating that the student has initiated a dialogue. A copy of the letter is placed in the student’s DS file. Most accommodations are clearly defined, such as time-and-a-half and/or a separate room for testing, permission to tape lectures, or the use of a note taker, whereas others require instructor and student agreement as to what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. For example, some students have medical and/or mental health conditions for which ‘flexibility of deadlines and due dates for disability related absences’ is the listed accommodation. Initialing the form allows both student and instructor to set fair parameters that will accommodate the student without lowering instructor standards or lessening course integrity. In the event of such an absence, the student must make an effort to communicate directly with the instructor as soon as possible . More detailed information can be found in the Accommodation Focus Handbook. Please call to request a copy, or ask your department secretary.
Please contact the Disability Services office in the Advising and Career Service Center with any questions or concerns. Serving as a resource to faculty regarding ethical and legal issues related to disability is a high priority.
Administrative Assistant ..............440-7760 or Ext.7760
Coordinator (Danielle Haskett) ..................................440-7655 or Ext.7655
Below is additional useful information about providing accommodations for students with various disabilities: