Disability Law and Faculty Responsibilities
The Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended states that a disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities such as walking, standing, sleeping, seeing, speaking, hearing, breathing, self-care, learning, concentrating, working and reading. A qualified individual with a disability must be ensured the same access to programs, opportunities, and activities at the University as all others. Thank you for your continued attention and support to a diverse learning environment.
- Refer request for accommodations to Accessibility Resources.
- Forward any documentation provided by students to Accessibility Resources. (Or return to the student, shred, etc.—do not keep.)
- Announce at the beginning of the term: "Students who may need accommodation for a disability can make an appointment to see me during my office hours to discuss your needs." This approach preserves students' privacy and also indicates the willingness of the faculty member to provide assistance as needed.
- Confidentiality of all disability information is essential. At no time should the class be informed that a student has a disability, except at the student's expressed request. All disability documentation must be stored in Accessibility Resources.
- Promptly return signed Alternative Test Agreement forms to the Accessibility Resources office to assure efficient program coordination.
- Assertively recruit note takers after receiving notice from Accessibility Resources.
- Contact Accessibility Resources at 507-389-2825 with questions, concerns or clarification if needed.