About Accommodations

The Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) stipulates that postsecondary institutions are responsible for providing necessary accommodations when a student discloses a disability. Providing accommodations do not compromise the essential elements of a course or curriculum; nor do they weaken the academic standards or integrity of a course. Accommodations simply provide an alternative way to accomplish the course requirements by eliminating or reducing disability-related barriers. They provide a level playing field, not an unfair advantage.

Under federal disability law, you and your program are responsible for providing approved accommodations if a student discloses a disability. You should advise the student to initiate the accommodation process with the Office of Learning Resources (OLR). Accommodations are a variety of techniques and services that are intended to provide a student with disabilities full access to the general curriculum. Our Disability Services staff determine whether a student is eligible for accommodations and, if so, coordinate appropriate services based on the provided documentation. 

Following successful registration as a qualified student with a disability at the University of Dayton, eligible students meet with OLR Disability Staff to complete the interactive process for determining reasonable accommodations. For reasonable accommodations in academic settings, an eligible student will receive an Accommodation Letter identifying reasonable accommodation recommendations for each class in which the student is enrolled. Due to the diversity of individual needs relating to disabilities and the uniqueness each class presents, accommodations may vary from class to class.

The student has the right to use any, all or none of their accommodations; however, they cannot come to the professor after the fact and request accommodations as a result of poor performance. Eligible students must deliver the Accommodation Letter to the professor of the course and discuss how to implement reasonable accommodations with the professor e.g., how will extended time on the exam be addressed. When addressing accommodations in an academic setting, professors are encouraged to consider out-of-class requirements as well. For example, if you are going to a community location, you should question the accessibility of the location; if you are providing transportation you should question the accessibility of the transportation, etc. If you provide services in remote campus sites e.g. another physical location or via distance learning, academic accommodations may still be necessary. In the event students are interested in receiving accommodations while participating in a clinical component of an educational program e.g. internship, practicum or student teaching, please meet with OLR Disability Staff. It may be necessary for OLR Disability Staff, the clinical experience professor, the on-site supervisor and the student to meet before the experience begins. Request for accommodation must be made to, and approved by, OLR and other university officials, as necessary.

Faculty Rights & Responsibilities

OLR recognizes that faculty may have concerns about their rights when working with students with disabilities. Neither OLR nor professors are obligated to provide academic accommodations if a student fails to make their request(s) in a timely fashion. If a student does not follow the appropriate guidelines, their first step is to communicate with their professor to determine if the professor is makes the personal choice to accommodate the request(s).

Faculty Rights

Voice Concerns: If a faculty member has a concern related to the accommodations a student has listed in the Accommodation Letter, they are encouraged to contact OLR Disability Staff.

Expectations for students: Faculty members should expect that enrolled students are academically qualified and students with disabilities should be held to the same academic and behavior standards as all other students.

Faculty Responsibilities

Review the Disability Statement during first week of each class and include in the syllabus.

Shared responsibility: It is the shared responsibility of all University of Dayton employees to adhere to federal laws by providing reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities who have registered with OLR.

Referrals to Office of Learning Resources: If a student requests accommodations or identifies him or herself as a person with a disability who has not registered with OLR, encourage the student to contact OLR and request an appointment with OLR Disability Staff. If a student reports study difficulties, OLR can also be of assistance through drop-in tutoring, study groups, supplemental instruction and student consultations.

Provide approved accommodations: Students with disabilities will provide faculty members with a copy of their Accommodation Letter that indicates their recommended accommodations. It is expected that faculty members will work with students to provide the listed accommodations in order to give students with disabilities the opportunity to achieve the intended outcomes of the course. Know that faculty are only obligated to provide the accommodations that are listed on the Accommodation Letter. If you have questions about how to provide accommodations or question if an accommodation might fundamentally alter the objectives or essential requirements of the course, please contact OLR Disability Staff for additional guidance.

Respect confidentiality: Confidentiality regarding a student’s disability is essential. A student’s disability and/or the fact that they use accommodations should not be announced in class and individual conversations should be held in a respectful and discrete manner.

Communicate with your student: The student is to initiate communication regarding academic accommodations. By having a conversation with the student, you can determine how to put the listed accommodations into practice. Students may not be comfortable discussing their accommodations in front of others; offer to speak with them privately or during office hours.

Communicate with OLR Disability Staff: If you have questions about how to provide accommodations or question if an accommodation might fundamentally alter the objectives or essential requirements of the course, please contact OLR Disability Staff for additional guidance. If a student requests an accommodation outside of the established timeframe and your are agreeable to allowing the accommodation, let OLR Staff know via e-mail. If a student is taking a test with OLR, provide test materials and instructions in a timely manner.

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