Faculty: Role & Responsibility

Faculty members have an important role in the delivery of approved academic accommodations for students with disabilities.

  • Quickly reserve a private meeting with the student once the disability has been identified.
  • Provide academic accommodations in a fair and timely manner.
  • Contact Disability Services immediately if there are any concerns regarding the appropriateness of an approved academic accommodation.
  • Refer any student who is requesting an academic accommodation without written approval to Disability Services. If the disability is visible, an academic accommodation is appropriate and should be provided until the necessary paperwork is processed by Disability Services.
Approved Academic Accommodation Notification Procedure:
Through the Disabilities Services, faculty will be sent an Academic Accommodation Memo through secure email message. Students with disabilities will need to arrange a private meeting with the faculty member. At this meeting, students and Faculty members can discuss the approved academic accommodation. Faculty should keep a copy of the form on file and should also provide the student with a  copy.

In the case of Distance Education, TN eCampus (formerly RODP), and sites and centers, the Approved Academic Accommodation form may be faxed or e-mailed to the Faculty member. In this case, the Faculty member should confirm the receipt of the form with Disability Services. The student will still be responsible to self identify with the Faculty member and participate in any necessary communication with the Faculty member regarding their approved academic accommodation.

Syllabi Notice:
Columbia State Policy No. 02-05-00, Course Syllabi, encourages faculty to use this statement in their syllabi, “In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, students are encouraged to register with the counseling/disability services office for possible assistance with accommodations. It is the student's responsibility to voluntarily and confidentially provide appropriate documentation regarding the nature and extent of a disability. Students requesting special accommodation are (strongly) encouraged to contact the counseling/disability services office at the beginning of the semester.”

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