Information for Faculty
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities, Important Reminders
Disability Statement for Course Syllabi: Faculty members are encouraged to include an accommodation statement in their syllabi. The following are examples of two possible statements:
If you have a disability for which you may be requesting an accommodation, please contact Disability Support Services in East Annex, 581-2319, as early as possible in the term.
If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, please contact Disability Support Services (121 East Annex, 581-2319)
Keep it Confidential. Make every attempt to discuss the student’s disability accommodations and needs in private. It is the student’s right to self-disclose their disability to others, not yours.
What should I do when asked for an accommodation?
The University has designated Disability Support Services (DSS), as the office coordinating accommodations and services. Please refer the student to DSS where:
1) Medical and psychological documentation can be reviewed and stored
2) Appropriate accommodation alternatives are explored
3) Accommodation Request Letters are prepared for the student to deliver to Faculty
Can I grant an accommodation without referring to Disability Services?
When a student requests an accommodation, which you are comfortable with, such as tape recording the class, you may certainly comply. It is crucial however, for the student to understand that you are making a negotiated “arrangement” with them, which only extends to your class. An official accommodation for disabilities is only granted through DSS after the student:
1) Self-identifies as having a disability
2) Provides current appropriate documentation of disability and need from a qualified medical or Licensed professional
3) Specific accommodation or service is requested and reviewed
Don’t Just Say “NO”. Remember that legally and ethically your actions toward a student requesting a disability accommodation need to be a reflection of the University’s policy and procedures. Denial of a request represents a decision with potential legal implications. Consultation with Disability Support Services or Equal Opportunity must take place prior to a decision to deny, assuring that the decision will be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
University of Maine System Faculty Desk Reference for Accommodating Students with Disabilities containing information on accommodation procedures, behavioral expectations, instructional strategies and much more, is available at the following web site: http://www.maine.edu/pdf/access.pdf
The UMaine Disabilities Insider Newsletter The Fall 2012 edition of our Disabilities Insider Newsletter for faculty was mailed to faculty in October. Here is a printable version of the most recent newsletter.
DSS Newsletter Fall 2013 (PDF, printable on 8 1/2 by 14 paper and formatted as mailed to faculty)