Although faculty and staff are not involved in making the determination, they are encouraged to assist and support the OSSD and students with disabilities in different ways:
Once a student provides you with the proper documentation from OSSD, you should meet with the student privately and establish a plan to provide or implement the accommodations.
It is important to note that under the law, accommodations are not implemented to give students an unfair advantage; rather, accommodations are intended to give students with disabilities an equal opportunity to achieve the same results that other students have the opportunity to achieve.
If a faculty member feels unsure about how to implement the accommodations, OSSD is a resource you should use, along with the student, to achieve the necessary implementation of the identified accommodations.
Continued communication with the individual student is important. Confirm with the student that the accommodation(s) is (are) effective and re-evaluate the implementation of the accommodation(s). If the faculty member and student find that it is not effective or believe that a different or additional accommodations may be advisable, communication with the OSSD to find better solutions is pertinent.
If you would like more information about Section 504, the ADA, or faculty responsibilities, feel free tocontact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities
(223 Lawrence Center, 610-436-2564) or access the OSSD website.