What is the Disability Resource Center (DRC)?
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 reasonable
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
The student should give you a note taker packet and a note
taker recruitment statement. The statement reads:
“A student registered with the Disability Resource Center
(DRC) needs a note taker for this class. The DRC will furnish carbonless paper
that provides immediate copies of your note. Please write legibly. If you are
interested in provided this service, please let me know so you can begin taking
notes today in this class.”
Due to confidentiality, please do not mention the student’s
name, the student’s disability, or identify the student in any way during your
The interested note taker should meet with the student who
is making the request immediately after class. If the requesting student’s
initial are on the bottom of the memo, the student would like to be anonymous
to the note taker and will not come forward after class. The note taker should
report to the DRC office in Building 57, Room 1500 within 2 business days to
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
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.
Am I allowed to request documentation from the student for
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
You are only responsible to provide accommodations when a
DRC registered chooses to use their warranted accommodations.
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
Do I have any recourse if I disagree with the requested
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
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
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 academic success.
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