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Faculty Rights

On those rare occasions when an accommodation request raises a concern, it is important that SSD and faculty work together to assure the rights of the faculty and the student are protected.

  • Faculty members should realize that while civil rights are not negotiable, accommodations certainly are. Almost all accommodations requested by the SSD are negotiable.
  • Faculty members are content experts and their assistance is sought in determining how best to provide accommodations.
  • No accommodations that prevent the student from learning the essential elements of a course may be granted. Faculty members determine essential elements.
  • Students with disabilities do not have to be successful. They must be provided with an equal chance of success via accommodations.
  • Faculty members are not obligated to provide accommodation until the student provides them with a current semester Accommodation Memo.
  • Students may refuse their accommodations. If they do, they, not the professor, are responsible for the consequences.
  • Professors unable to proved testing accommodations may utilize the alternative testing services of SSD.