Students with Disabilities
with disabilities who seek reasonable accommodations in the classroom or other
aspects of performing their coursework must first register with the UNF
Disability Resource Center (DRC) located in Building 57, Room 1500.
DRC staff members work with students to obtain required documentation of
disability and to identify appropriate accommodations as required by applicable
disability laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). After
receiving all necessary documentation, the DRC staff determines whether a
student qualifies for services with the DRC and if so, the accommodations the
student requires will be provided. DRC staff then prepares a letter for
the student to provide faculty advising them of approved accommodations. For
further information, contact the DRC by phone (904) 620-2769, email (email@example.com), or visit the DRC website
and veteran students who return from combat exposure may be utilizing the post
9/11 GI bill to continue postsecondary education goals and may need
both physical and academic accommodations. Contact the Military and Veterans’ Resource Center by phone (904) 620-5131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions by Faculty
What is the Disability Resource
The Disability Resource Center
coordinates and ensures services and accommodations for registered students
with disabilities as mandated by the Americans
with Disabilities Act and Section 504
of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. DRC also acts as a gateway for
disability-related information and guidance. These services provide equal
educational opportunities to students by minimizing the impact of functional
limitations upon their academic and non-academic lives.
Who is responsible for determining
The DRC is the only office on campus
that determines appropriate accommodations. Decisions regarding accommodations
are based on documentation provided by the student with a disability, as well
as the student’s functional limitations.
Are all students with disabilities
registered with the DRC?
No. It is possible that a student
with a disability has chosen not to register with the DRC, or he/she may not
have met the eligibility criteria for services. In either instance, faculty
members do not need to provide accommodations for those students.
How do I know if a student is
registered with the DRC?
Students registered with the DRC
will present you with a current letter of warranted accommodations. The student
may elect which accommodation he/she would like to use in a given class after
discussing the framework of the class with the professor.
If a student requests a note taker,
what is my responsibility?
The student should give you a note
taker recruitment statement form that he gotten from the DRC. The student will
fill out the class and receipt of notes information. You may make an
announcement that a student in class needs the services of a volunteer note
taker. Due to confidentiality, please do not mention the student’s name, the
student’s disability, or identify the student in any way during your
announcement. The interested note taker may meet with the student who is
making the request immediately after class or the student may want to be
anonymous to the note taker. That info will be on the form. The note taker
should report to the DRC office in Building 57, Room 1500 within 2 business
days to process paperwork.
What is my responsibility if a
student’s accommodation is extra time on tests?
If a student has extended time as an
accommodation, you must provide the designated extra time delineated on their
accommodation letter. The Disability Resource Center can provide a testing
environment for all registered students requiring extended time.
When is a student required to notify
me of a need for accommodations?
The DRC encourages but does not
require registered students to meet with you at the beginning of each semester
to discuss his/her Letter of Accommodations. However, a student can register
with the DRC or present their Letter of Accommodations to you at any time
during the semester. Accommodations are not retroactive; they will begin as
soon as the professor receives notification of accommodations.
Am I allowed to request disability documentation
from the student for any reason?
No. Documentation stating and
describing a student’s disability is confidential information. Documentation
for students registered with the DRC is kept at the DRC. However, please call
the DRC if you have concerns about a student in your class.
I have a student in class who
provided me a letter of accommodations but has never used them. What is my
responsibility in this situation?
You are only responsible to provide
accommodations when a DRC registered chooses to use their warranted
I have a student in class who
provided me with a letter of accommodations but has never used them. The
student then comes to me at the end of the semester right before finals, and
tells me he/she is failing and asks for the requested accommodations now. What
do I do?
The student has ultimate
responsibility to make use of the accommodations that have been identified as
reasonable. You are not expected to retroactively make adjustments on academic
work prior to student use of their accommodations. If they request to use their
accommodations, you must provide them the opportunity to do so. You are to
provide accommodations from that point on.
Do I have any recourse if I disagree
with the requested accommodations?
Yes. You should contact the DRC to
discuss your concerns with one of the DRC Directors.
If a student informs me that he has
a disability and would like an accommodation such as extra time for an exam but
does not have a letter from the DRC stating his/her accommodations, am I
required to provide accommodations?
No. You are not required to provide
any requested accommodations unless you have been presented with a current
Letter of Accommodations. A student must be registered with the DRC before
accommodations will be provided.
Am I required to lower the standards
of a required assignment because the student has a disability?
No. The standards should be the same
for all students. However, students with disabilities may exhibit their knowledge,
production or course expectations differently than their peers. Accommodations
are designed to address those differences, but the quality of the end result
should be the same. Modifications of policies and practices are not required
when they would fundamentally alter the nature of the course, service or
I have a student who is having
difficulty in my class. I think this student may have a disability. What should
I do to help the student?
Talk privately with the student to
discuss your observations. Do not assume that the student’s difficulties are a
result of a disability. After a thorough discussion with the student, you may
want to refer the student to one of more campus resources. Offer options to the
student such as the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE), the Personal
Counseling Center, as well as the DRC. If the student discloses that he or she
does have a disability or believes he/she has a disability, you might suggest
that the student contact the DRC to explore options for accommodations.
I have a student with a disability
who is getting behind in his schoolwork. The student is missing a number of
classes and has not handed in several assignments. Although he has taken a
midterm and used accommodations, his grade is about a D. At this point he is
not passing the class. Do I have a right to fail a student with a disability?
The student with a disability has
the same right to fail as anyone else. Work produced by the student should be
equivalent to his peers. Provision of accommodations is no guarantee of
Universal Design Information
The Center for Teaching and Learning is an excellent resource for assistance in creating a classroom
environment that meets the needs of diverse learners.
The University of Connecticut’s
Universal Design in Instruction Project offers suggestions for incorporating
Universal Design Concepts into your classes.
Colorado State University
offers a Universal Design for
Learning Module with useful tutorials.
Washington’s DO-IT Faculty Resources help you to create a
classroom environment that maximizes the learning of all students, regardless
DO-IT Video Equal Access: Universal Design