Implementing Accommodations

A wide range of accommodations and services are provided to students with documented disabilities. A student with a disability is any student who has an impairment that substantially limits a major activity such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, hearing, speaking, breathing, walking, seeing, learning or working. Students with temporary disabilities may also qualify for accommodations.

It is the responsibility of the SAC office to review student documentation and determine appropriate accommodations. SAC works with faculty regarding the provision of the accommodations to ensure access throughout the campus environment for students who have a disability.

It is the responsibility of faculty members to implement accommodations according to the letter of accommodation which is sent via campus email directly to instructors. However, accommodations should not compromise the academic integrity of the course. If a faculty member disagrees with an accommodation, they are welcome to discuss their concern with an access advisor from the SAC office. Another responsibility is to ensure the student's confidentiality. Faculty should refrain from discussing a student regarding disabilities and accommodations in front of the class, in the presence of other students or to faculty/staff not directly involved in the accommodation process.

There may be times when students approach faculty directly requesting accommodations. In these instances, faculty members are encouraged to direct the student to the SAC office. Faculty are not required to provide accommodations to students until they receive a letter of accommodation or direct communication from the SAC office.