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.

Faculty Responsibilities

  • Refer request for accommodations to Accessibility Resources.
  • Forward any documentation provided directly by students to Accessibility Resources (or return it 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 submit Alternative Testing Agreements via MavAccess to ensure efficient program coordination.
  • Assertively recruit notetakers after receiving notice from Accessibility Resources.
  • Contact Accessibility Resources at 507-389-2825 with questions, concerns, or clarification if needed.

Disability Law, Minnesota State, and Minnesota State, Mankato disability-related policies can be read at these links:

A comprehensive summary:

National Center for College Students with Disabilities Technical Report: Overview of Disability Law for Higher Education (PDF)

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)

Access for Students with Disabilities Policy at Minnesota State, Mankato

1B.4 Access and Accommodation for Individuals with Disabilities Policy at MinnState System

Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX