QuickStart to Accomodating Students

Here we are providing a quick list of the most important points to keep in mind when accommodating students with disabilities.  For more detailed information, please peruse the other sections of our faculty resource guide.


- be assured that students who are receiving services from DSPS have submitted professional documentation verifying their disabilities.  It's been approved by DSPS and accommodations are authorized based upon the educational limitations resulting from the disability;

- include and refer to the Senate adopted syllabus statement regarding students with disabilities;

- respect the student’s right to privacy;

- respect the student’s right to reasonable accommodations.  If you object to an authorized accommodation, do follow Administrative Regulation 5140 to resolve the issue;  

- recognize that students can be easily intimidated if they sense you disapprove of an accommodation.  Oftentimes students will relinquish their civil rights to accommodation, rather than risk antagonizing the instructor;

- assume we are taking the security of your tests seriously, and are monitoring the students at least as closely as you could in the classroom, if not more closely;

- remember that DSPS faculty and staff are here to help, so don’t hesitate to contact us at extension 5905 if you have questions or concerns.


- discuss the student’s disability-related issues in front of others;  

- ask what their disability is or why they need an accommodation.  Their right to confidentiality is protected by law;

- single out students who require accommodations;

- tell a student you object to an accommodation.  Do speak to whomever approved the accommodation instead;  

- alter, or allow the student to alter the approved accommodations without consulting with whomever signed the authorization;

- assume you can provide an appropriate testing situation by proctoring the student yourself.  Extended time is only one reason we authorize test proctoring.  There are also a number of educational limitations that are accommodated by providing a distraction reduced proctoring room;

- make comments to the class regarding your personal views on the use of accommodations;

- make a blanket statement that audio recording is prohibited – recording is a reasonable accommodation for many students with disabilities.