Information for Faculty
Achieving reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities involves shared responsibility among the students, faculty and staff.
Students disclose disability accommodations to you via an accommodation letter 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 SAS team will engage in a dialogue with the student about what is appropriate and what is not — and about strategies to support the student.
Determination of reasonable accommodations is done through SAS, 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.
Accommodation letters issued by SAS are broad, reflecting different student needs as well as different course structures. What may be appropriate for one kind of course may not be appropriate for another. When faculty receive a letter from SAS and have concerns about whether an accommodation would fundamentally alter their course, they should consult the Reasonable Accommodation Guide (PDF) to help determine next steps in collaboration with SAS.
Please include the following statement, in bold type, in your syllabus:
Brandeis seeks to create a learning environment that is welcoming and inclusive of all students, and I want to support you in your learning. If you think you may require disability accommodations, you will need to work with Student Accessibility Support (SAS). You can contact them at 781-736-3470, email them at email@example.com, or visit the Student Accessibility Support home page. You can find helpful student FAQs and other resources on the SAS website, including guidance on how to know whether you might be eligible for support from SAS.
If you already have an accommodation letter from SAS, please provide me with a copy as soon as you can so that I can ensure effective implementation of accommodations for this class. In order to coordinate exam accommodations, ideally you should provide the accommodation letter at least 48 hours before an exam.