Faculty: Frequently Asked Questions

Disability Services have outlined some questions that faculty often have, related to services that our office provides.

1. How does a student become eligible for accommodations?

To be eligible for services, including classroom accommodations, students with disabilities must identify themselves and present professional documentation to the Disability Services Coordinator.

2. How are faculty notified of accommodations?

Students who have met with Disability Services, provided documentation and been given appropriate accommodations will give their professors an Accommodation Letter which lists their academic accommodations. Sometimes, the Disability Services Coordinator will email this letter to the student's professors.
Students may choose to notify all of their instructors, or only instructors of the classes in which they wish to use the accommodations.
Students are responsible for reminding professors before an exam if they intend to use testing accommodations.

3. Am I required to provide the accommodation?

Yes, in compliance with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the 2008 ADA Amendments Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, we must provide accommodations to students with disabilities.
However, the accommodations should not alter the fundamental components of a program. If you believe the student's accommodation(s) threaten the essential elements of your course, please contact Disability Services to discuss further.

4. Why am I not given information about a student's disability?

A student's disability is considered confidential information, and therefore is not divulged to persons outside the Disability Services office. Professors are given the information they need in order to accommodate the disability.

5. Why do I receive accommodation notifications throughout the semester and not just at the beginning of the semester?

Students may register for Disability Services at any time during the semester. New diagnoses can occur at any time in people's lives. Once the Disability Services office receives documentation for any disability than accommodations can be activated.

6. I've received notice of students in my course who have accommodations. Do I need to reach out to these students or will they contact me to discuss the specifics?

All students who have accommodations are encouraged to have a discussion with their instructors regarding the specifics of their accommodations. However, it is a good idea to give a simple announcement at the beginning of each semester and January term during class and also on your syllabus reminding students with accommodations to talk to you individually. Announcements such as this should be conducted in such a way as to preserve the anonymity of students with disabilities.

7. A student in my class asked for an accommodation but they don't have an accommodation letter. What do I do?

If a student asks you for accommodations in the classroom or on an exam, but you have never received an accommodation letter from them, please refer them to Disability Services for assistance. All students who request accommodations need to go through the process of determining the appropriate accommodations and providing documentation. Never feel like you have to accommodate a student without the letter in place.

8. Is it fair to all students that some students receive accommodations for extra time on exams or are able to take exams in a separate room?

Accommodations are in place to provide equal access to learning opportunities for student with disabilities. The accommodation do not provide an unfair advantage, but rather place the students on a level even with their peers.

9. Can any of my students take their exams in SASC?

No, only students who are activated in Disability Services for academic accommodations can take their exams in SASC.
Students ARE NOT monitored when taking exams in SASC.

10. Is it alright for activated students to take their exams near me and not SASC?

Yes! In fact, this is the preferred method we would like faculty to use. If you have the space and the time, please have the student take the exam near you. This also helps the student if they have questions during exam. SASC is available if the time and space do not work out for you at exam time.

11. What is the best way to deliver my exam to SASC?

This depends on your personal preference. You can bring exam to the SASC office located in the downstairs of Preus Library in 108. We are staffed 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
If you would prefer to email the exam, please email to [email protected]
We appreciate any time that faculty can give SASC exams ahead of time as we can get very busy with exams during the semester.

12. What instructions does SASC want with my exam?

SASC will need: name of student(s) taking exam, date and time they are taking exam, can they take exam earlier or later, course number and title, faculty name, your phone number or how to reach you during exam, and length of regular class period. What can the student use during exam: books, notes, calculator, etc.?

**Coming in January 2019, SASC will have an online Testing form for you to complete and submit!

13. What happens if I need to make a correction during the exam?

Please call SASC at 563-387-1270 and a staff person can notify your student. Faculty can always come to SASC during exam times and check in with their students.

14. What if one of my students has a question during their exam in SASC?

When giving your testing instructions to SASC, be sure to give us a number you can be reached at during the exam for the student to call you if they have questions.

15. How do I get my exam(s) returned to me?

There are several options: you can pick it up from SASC, a work study student can return it in signed/sealed envelope, or SASC can send it in inter-campus mail. Be sure to let SASC know your office number and building.