Guidelines for Faculty Teaching Students with Disabilities
Disability Services is committed to function as a resource for faculty. We can assist students and faculty in determining appropriate accommodations and creating universal design in the classroom to maximize a student's potential. We are committed to assisting faculty in its legal obligation to fulfill academic accommodations.
Faculty are strongly advised to provide accommodations only if they have received a Letter of Accommodations through the Accommodate System; or if they have received direct communication from a member of the Disability Services Office in an emergency situation. Please note that accommodations are not retroactive. They start from the time the faculty is notified with a Letter of Accommodations through the Accommodate System. Information on how to navigate the Accommodate System can be found on our Access to Accommodate webpage.
Faculty is not obligated to interact directly with outside agencies such as psychologists, medical practitioners, parents and/or other educational institutions. If approached directly, you should redirect the calls to Disability Services, 978-934-4574.
We encourage faculty to include information about our office in their syllabi. This may encourage students to register with our office and remind students to speak to you about their academic accommodations. Sample syllabus statements can be found by clicking the button below.