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Faculty Rights &
All University students must adhere to the University code of conduct regardless of whether they have a disability. Infractions of this code should be directed to the Dean of Student Life, the Chief Judicial Officer or their designees. If the student has been identified as a student with a disability, DSS should also be notified of the incident.
Reasonable accommodations are based on documentation provided by the student and on file in DSS. In some situations the requested accommodations may not be appropriate for the course. A faculty member has the right to challenge an accommodation request if he/she believes the student is not qualified, the accommodation would result in a fundamental alteration of the program, or the accommodation would impose an undue financial or administrative burden or is otherwise not required by law or applicable regulations.
As employees of the University who have compliance obligations under federal laws, it is the responsibility of faculty members to assume a shared responsibility in providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. The University is responsible for implementation and, as employees, faculty members are required to adhere to the policies and procedures.
If a faculty member is notified by a student that he/she has a disability or if the student brings a medical statement to the instructor, it is the faculty member's responsibility to refer that student to DSS. If an instructor notices that a student is not performing up to standards and suspects there might be a disability impacting their learning, he/she may also refer the student. However, the instructor should not make assumptions about whether a disability exists, and should not discriminate against the student on the basis of any perceived disability.
Disability Verification Letter
Faculty should receive a disability verification letter by the second week of the quarter. Faculty are not to provide academic adjustments unless there is a letter from DSS certifying the student is qualified to receive services and the nature of the accommodations. Faculty may make additional recommendations for adjustments if they believe the student will benefit.
Each course syllabus should contain a Reasonable Accommodation statement. Please include one of the bel ow-listed sample statements or a similar one in each course syllabus.
Students with disabilities are protected under FERPA and the civil rights laws. At no time should faculty make any statements or implications that the student is any different from the general student population.
Examples of behaviors to be avoided:
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