Faculty play an important role in making their classrooms accessible to all students.
Possible Barriers Faced by Students
Disability/accommodation information is only shared with the student’s written consent and when released by the DRC on a “need-to-know” basis.
This information should be kept separate from a student’s academic records and should not be shared with other faculty, staff, or students.
Faculty have the following responsibilities to serve the needs of students with disabilities:
Provide accommodations approved by the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to students in class and/or for exams and quizzes.
Treat information about a student’s disability and/or accommodations as confidential.
Provide a copy of the exam/quiz with completed TAF (Testing Accommodations Form) to the DRC prior to the date of the test.
Include a statement on the syllabus that encourages students to disclose any disability and request accommodations from DRC.
Expect students to initiate requests for accommodations in the classroom.
Verify that students are registered with DRC and eligible for accommodations.
Establish and identify essential functions, abilities, skills, and knowledge needed for the course.
Discuss any concerns about accommodations with DRC.
Testing Accommodations To ensure exam integrity, we have developed an accommodation form that should be completed for every exam.
Please keep in mind that the Disability Resource Center testing room has very limited space for students to take exams. Assistive furniture, such as tables used by students in power wheelchairs, is for DRC student use only.
If you have a student who has the accommodation of extended time and you are able to provide it in your classroom or your office, please feel free to offer that to the student.
Each student who has extended test time on his or her VISA (Verified Individualized Services and Accommodations) has been reminded that space is limited and it is his or her responsibility to request a test time in the testing room.
Thank you for your cooperation in providing equal opportunity education to our students with disabilities. Please do not hesitate to contact the director of the Disability Resource Center at 610-902-8572 with any questions.
Faculty Disagreements Regarding Appropriate Academic Adjustments / Accommodations
If a faculty member has a concern about an academic adjustment recommended as appropriate for a particular student, the instructor should contact the director of the Disability Resource Center immediately.
If the instructor disagrees with the recommended accommodation, and in conjunction with the director cannot identify an acceptable alternative that provides the student with equal opportunity to participate in the class, the instructor and director should consult with the chair of the department as soon as possible to resolve the disagreement.
If this effort is not successful, within five days the instructor should contact the dean of Academic Affairs who will review the matter and issue a final decision.
The instructor is expected to provide the recommended academic adjustment until the matter is resolved.