Whether they are aware of it or not, most faculty, administrators, and staff at Marquette interact with students with disabilities on a regular basis. These interactions often reflect the campus culture of genuinely caring for the person, but in some instances, these interactions require a response to requests for specific accommodations. Because students with documented disabilities are protected under federal law, these formal requests may result in faculty or others lacking confidence in the proper response to these specific requests. The procedures and suggestions listed below are intended to address the most basic questions faculty and other employees may have related to meeting the needs of students with disabilities. Should faculty or other employees desire more information on this topic, please visit our page on Faculty Resources or contact the Associate Director of Disability Services.
In order to be assured accommodations, the university requires student accommodations requests must be accompanied by a formal letter from the Office of Disability Services. That letter serves to verify that the student:
Students with disabilities are informed that in each class for which they have requested accommodations, they are responsible for presenting their letter to and meeting with their instructors. In this meeting, students are encouraged to discuss their needs with their instructors and faculty have the opportunity to discuss course content, expectations and the requested accommodations.
As stated above, accommodations grow out of an ODS representative's thorough analysis of the documentation of the disability and through conversations the representative has with the student. In many instances, the ODS representative collaborates with faculty as well when determining appropriate and reasonable accommodations for the student in the classroom.
Instructors are encouraged to work directly with students to implement requested accommodations, but they should contact the Office of Disability Services whenever they have questions, concerns, or issues relative to the student or accommodations process.
A good first step is to include a simple statement in your course syllabus to encourage students to contact you directly such as:
"If there are any students with disabilities who need accommodations, please feel free to discuss this with me."
Additional suggestions related to teaching and interacting with students with disabilities can be found on Faculty Resources page.
Administrators and staff who handle matters pertaining to housing, recreation, safety, counseling, financial aid, transportation, health services, insurance, employment or other co-curricular activities can achieve this goal in several ways:
In summary, through its own stated mission and in response to the disability laws governing higher education, Marquette University is committed to serving the needs of students with disabilities. Consequently, when the need for accommodations has been verified by ODS, and ODS in cooperation with faculty, administrators and staff has developed a specific academic accommodations plan, all university employees are obliged to comply with the university's responsibility to provide the accommodations.
G. Other Resources
Other policies pertaining to the workings of the Office of Disability Services (ODS) are on file in the office and posted on our web site regarding:
Visit the rest of our Web site for a variety of other resources available to guide students, parents, faculty and staff on ODS and its operation.
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