"Federal legislation including the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 require that academically qualified students with disabilities must be reasonably accommodated in instruction and academic assessment. In order to be eligible for services, students must have a clearly documented disability."

Faculty Responsibilities

If students request instructional and/or testing accommodations in a class, they must disclose the need for the accommodations to the instructor and give the instructor any documentation provided by the Disability Resource Center, typically a letter (Letter of Accommodation) from that office validating the need for the specified accommodations. Students do not have to disclose their disabilities to their instructor, only the need for accommodations.

The instructors’ responsibilities include the following:

  • To allow students to disclose their disabilities in an appropriate and confidential place
  • To acknowledge the rights of students with dignity
  • To maintain the integrity of academic
  • To maintain student confidentiality at all times
  • To provide reasonable instructional and/or testing accommodations

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