Information for Faculty
Achieving reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities involves shared responsibility among the students, faculty and staff.
Students disclose documented disabilities to you via a "Letter of Academic Accommodation" from Student Accessibility Support. The letter signifies that the university has received appropriate documentation of the student's disability, and that we have determined reasonable accommodations. The letter informs you of the existence of a documented disability; more importantly, we hope that it becomes the springboard for a dialogue between student and instructor.
Accommodations cannot be requested retroactively, i.e., an instructor is not accountable for providing an accommodation when a student has not presented a letter of accommodation before a given exam or assignment in question.
Partnering with Student Accessibility Support
Information about a student's disability is confidential, but communication between a faculty member and a Student Accessibility Support specialist is interpreted as serving the student's needs.
At times, a student will request an accommodation that is not appropriate to the course or to the university context. A member of the Student Accessibility Support team will engage in a dialogue with the student about what is appropriate and what is not — and about strategies to address the student's difficulty.
Determination of reasonable accommodations is done through Student Accessibility Support, with established processes. No faculty member is expected to be put in a position of having to determine an appropriate accommodation for a student on his or her own.
Please include the following statement, in bold type, in your syllabus:
Brandeis seeks to welcome and include all students. If you are a student who needs accommodations as outlined in an accommodations letter, please talk with me and present your letter of accommodation as soon as you can. I want to support you.
In order to provide test accommodations, I need the letter more than 48 hours in advance. I want to provide your accommodations, but cannot do so retroactively. If you have questions about documenting a disability or requesting accommodations, please contact Student Accessibility Support (SAS) at 781-736-3470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.