Faculty Information

Ways to Support Students With Disabilities

FACULTY INFORMATION

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) provides faculty the support needed to insure a productive learning environment for students. Faculty is responsible for teaching all students and maintaining the integrity of classroom activities. When students with disabilities request accommodations, the faculty member is responsible for providing the accommodation. Faculty can support the continued success of students with disabilities by implementing certain practices, as indicated below.

The information provided through this webpage provides guidelines for meeting the needs of students with disabilities.

Confidentiality

It is essential that all disability information be kept strictly confidential. The ODS will email the student's approved Accommodation Memo to the faculty member. At no time should the class be informed that a student has a disability, except at the student's request.  All information that a student shares with a faculty member is to be used specifically for arranging reasonable accommodations.   In order to maintain confidentially and the student's privacy, the ODS recommend that students discuss their Accommodation Memo with faculty during office hours or by special appointment. 

Verification

The ODS staff reviews the students request and supporting documentation prior to issuing an Accommodation Memo, which verifies the his/her disability, and details the students accommodation needs in class/and or in testing situations. The professor may contact ODS for confirmation of the student's disability and for any questions as it relates to implementation.

Guidelines for Faculty

Resources

Faculty serving on the Diversity Learning Community, sponsored by the Faculty Support Center, developed  some of the information. The TSU Diversity Committee and ODS reviewed the material on this portion of the ODS website.