Students must reach out to you and show their Accommodation Verification Letter in order to receive academic accommodation in a course. We recommend they do this within the first two weeks of the semester.
- Student contacts you via email or in person to discuss their accommodation(s)
- The student is not required to disclose the nature of their disability(ies), but may choose to do so
- You will work with the student to determine how to make the accommodation applicable and appropriate for your class
- The accommodation should provide students with equal access to the course materials and enable them to participate meaningfully without altering fundamental course requirements
- Different students—even those with the same disability—may benefit from different strategies
- If you are unable to come to an agreement, contact email@example.com
Faculty and staff do not need to know diagnostic or other information regarding a student's disability—only what accommodations are relevant and appropriate to meet the student’s disability-related needs in the classroom. Access and Disability Services is committed to ensuring a student's confidentiality as required or permitted by law.
Faculty are welcome to ask students what accommodations they think they will need to be able to participate in a given course. Students may or may not wish to disclose the nature of their disability(ies). Faculty inquiries may only be made for educational and accommodation-related purposes. Information in Access and Disability Services files will not be released, except in accordance with relevant federal and state laws, court order or subpoena, or a written authorization for release.
In an effort to provide a consistent and accurate message to students with disabilities, please consider including the following statement in your syllabi, and encourage your colleagues to do the same. Including such a statement directs students to appropriate resources, protects faculty from potential discrimination complaints, helps the College stay in compliance with federal and state laws, and most importantly, promotes a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students. It is also meant to encourage students to reach out and work with their professors in a collaborative and timely manner in order to receive accommodations. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Access and Disability Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haverford College is committed to supporting the learning process for all students. Please contact me as soon as possible if you are having difficulties in the course. There are also many resources on campus available to you as a student, including the Office of Academic Resources (https://www.haverford.edu/oar/) and the Office of Access and Disability Services (https://www.haverford.edu/access-and-disability-services/). If you think you may need accommodations because of a disability, you should contact Access and Disability Services at email@example.com. If you have already been approved to receive academic accommodations and would like to request accommodations in this course because of a disability, please meet with me privately at the beginning of the semester (ideally within the first two weeks) with your verification letter.