Eastern Michigan University

Faculty and Student Roles and Responsibilities

Primary Faculty/Instructor Responsibilities include:
  • Assess the role of the course design in the student's need for accommodations (What is essential? Where might flexibility exist?)
  • Coordinate reasonable accommodations when timely students requests made;
  • Assess appropriate action through discretion when students make accommodation requests less than one week prior to a course event;
  • Consult with DRC as necessary when students make late requests or when concern exists about the reasonableness/appropriateness of an accommodation request;
  • Be respectful toward the student's situation and be available to speak with the student upon student request about accommodations for one's course;
  • Wait for the student to contact the course instructor -- Course instructors need not reach out to a student who has presented the letter but not yet made specific accommodation requests. It is the student's responsibility to follow-up in a timely manner;
  • Be prudent with regard to whom information is shared. While DRC may be contacted at any time to discuss matter, information with others should only be shared on an educationally need to know basis. Casual conversation with other instructors, including within department, may influence (perhaps adversely) future student-instructor interactions;
  • Refer students to the DRC when they make an accommodation request that is not listed on this letter, as the DRC only supports requests specifically listed
Primary Student Responsibilities Include:
  • Share the letter with course instructors and other relevant parties at least one week prior to the need for an accommodation in a course (may lose opportunity to use accommodation otherwise);
  • Initiate a meaningful conversation (beyond simply forwarding this letter in an email) with the course instructor and others about reasonable accommodations for academic courses in addition to projects and assignments within academic courses or otherwise;
  • Take the lead in coordinating the accommodation process for any course or otherwise
  • Lead conversations reasonably prior to the event (test, paper, attendance policy, campus program, etc.) in question where accommodations are sought – once an event occurs, opportunity to use accommodations is often forfeited if no previous conversation took place with prior arrangements made
  • Disclose any other academic, health, or personal concerns that may impact the student's participation in courses or otherwise due to personal or environmental variables;
  • Contact the DRC as soon as possible should any problems with the accommodation process arise, as delays in contact can limit resolutions possible.
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