Faculty Rights & Responsibilities

Faculty has the right to:

  • Refuse requests for accommodations that have not been processed through the Disability Support Services (DSS) office.
  • Consult with DSS if they believe an accommodation request fundamentally impacts the integrity of the course/program; creates undue financial burden on the school, or if it causes a safety issue.
  • Obtain appropriate consultation with DSS about how to meet the needs of a student with a disability.
  • Receive official, and as possible, advance notice of the need for accommodations.

Faculty has the responsibility to:

  • Foster an accepting classroom environment for students with disabilities characterized by non-discrimination.
  • Cooperate with DSS when a request for accommodation is made. Discuss needs individually and on a timely basis with students requesting accommodations.
  • Provide reasonable accommodations in a timely manner to students who have been approved for services by DSS.
  • Ensure instructional materials, methods and programs are accessible, effective and equally integrated. Faculty may consult with DSS to provide accessible materials.
  • Treat and protect all disability-related information as confidential information.

Please note: Faculty do NOT have the right to ask students if they have a disability, nor about the nature of the disability relevant to their granted accommodations. However, if students choose to disclose their disability, this information should be treated confidentially.