Tips for Faculty that Facilitate Student Learning:
Ways You Can Help
How can we stay in compliance?
Instructors are major players in assuring that students with disabilities are provided equal access to educational programs on campus. Listed below are some facts that will assist you in providing equal access to your classes.
- Ask before you help
- Don't make assumptions
- Be sensitive about physical contact
- Be direct in you communication
- Respond graciously to requests
Don't forget these things...
- Call the DRS office at 5-6900 promptly when you change textbooks
- Get your textbooks listed on the computer prior to the deadline
- Announce a note-taker request promptly
- Keep the DRS office informed if you place your class notes on the Web
- Hand deliver tests to the DRS office
- Include the DRS Testing form in each testing envelope
- Seal the test in an envelope when hand delivering the test
Under the laws affecting higher education, students have the right to confidentiality. Faculty and staff can not mention to others that the student has a disability, or refer to it in front of other students. This is also an issue when recommending students for graduate school and employment. Unless the student has specifically told you it is all right to discuss disability issues, or even more specifically, which disability issues, you are not at liberty to mention them.
Most Accessible Professor
Each year since 1983, an awards ceremony has been held to honor the Most Accessible Professor. Currently, we also have awarded the Most Accessible Staff Member and Most Accessible Department. The Student Advocating Potential Ability and the DRS office sponsors this ceremony.
- Most Accessible Professor
- Most Accessible Staff Member
- Most Accessible Department
Students with disabilities are subject to the same code of conduct required of any student at UNCP. If there are incidences of inappropriate behavior, meet privately to discuss issues of behavior and encourage students to seek help. Give concise and honest feedback about behaviors that are inappropriate. Remember that many behaviors that seem odd or unusual are due to the disability and a lack of knowledge of social rules, not the result of intentional rudeness. If there are situations involving threats or abusive behavior, call the University Police. If the student is so disruptive that he/she prevents you from effectively teaching your class, call Student Judicial Affairs. You are always welcome to consult with DSS. These situations are not likely to occur, but it is wise to have a plan.
In order for students to access classroom accommodations through the DSS office, the student will meet with DSS and a letter and contract will be provided only for those students who are registered with this office and for whom documentation of the disability is on file. A meeting should be held between you and the student in your office, preferably within the first two weeks of class to ensure that accommodations can be provided in a timely manner. Any accommodations that are decided upon by the professor and student that is not verified by DSS on the letter will not be considered an accommodation through our office and if a grievance occurs, the professor will be held responsible, not the university.
Each student must qualify for each accommodation. Examples of possible accommodations are:
- Note takers
- Priority seating
- Extended time on tests
- Testing in a separate room
- Use of a computer
- Single room housing