If you are a student with a disability and believe you may need accommodations for this course, please notify me with a memo from Disability Support Services (DSS). Since accommodations are not retroactive, it is strongly recommended that you provide me with notification as early as possible in the term. To register with DSS, or if you have questions about disability accommodations, contact Disability Support Services at 410-704-2638, or visit the DSS office in the Administration Building, Room 232.
If you are a student with a disability, please be aware that you may request accommodations for an internship. An internship accommodation may more closely resemble a job accommodation rather than an academic accommodation. Internship accommodations require advance planning. If you will be participating in an internship, plan to discuss whether accommodations will be needed by contacting the DSS office as early as possible.
If you are a student with a disability, please contact me to discuss your specific needs. A memo from Disability Support Services (DSS) authorizing your accommodations will be needed. Please note that accommodations needed for an online course may be different than those needed in a traditional classroom setting, so it is important that you work with DSS to determine appropriate accommodations for this course as early as possible.
1. Encourage students to disclose their disability as soon as possible by including a statement in your syllabus directing students to contact Disability Support Services.
2. The DSS office determines a student's eligibility for accommodations and services, so if the student hasn't given you a memo from DSS you shouldn't provide accommodations on the basis of a disability -- no matter how convincing the student is.
3. As a faculty member you play an important role in providing accommodations. However, it should not be time consuming. DSS is a resource for you to expedite the accommodations process. For example, the purpose of the DSS Testing Services Center is to assist faculty with implementing testing accommodations. Importantly, you should provide help with course work for students with disabilities as you would for any other student. If a student with a disability needs more assistance that you can reasonably provide, you can refer the student to DSS or another appropriate campus resource.
4. Information related to a student's disability is confidential and protected under FERPA. The student should be afforded the opportunity to meet with you privately to discuss disability-related matters.
5. Accommodations are designed to mitigate the effects of a disability so the student has an equal opportunity to meet the course standards, not to change or circumvent them. If a student with a disability cannot meet the course standards with accommodations, it may mean the student will not pass. Accommodations give students a chance to compete on a level playing field; they don't guarantee success.
For more information please email adarequest AT_TOWSON or call the Office of Human Resources at 410-704-2162.
To request a job accommodation, faculty and staff should contact the Office of Human Resources at: http://www.towson.edu/adminfinance/hr/benefits/index.asp