If a student verbally informs me about his or her disability, am I automatically required to provide accommodations?
No. Accommodations should only be provided after receiving an official accommodation letter from Services for Students with Disabilities. SSD discourages providing accommodations in the absence of an official accommodation letter. If a student does not have an accommodation letter, please refer the student to the SSD office.
Are students required to identify their disability or provide copies of disability documentation to faculty and staff?
No. A student should only provide disability documentation to the Services for Students with Disabilities office and to no other office or faculty member due to confidentiality laws. Under Policy Memorandum 178, the university has given authority to the SSD office to interpret disability documentation, determine the existence of a disability, and determine appropriate accommodations in this university setting.
Am I allowed to request documentation of a disability from a student?
No. Documentation of a disability should only be provided to the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office. Faculty can only request the student to provide a current Accommodation Letter from the SSD office.
What should I do if a student tries to give me his or her documentation?
Refuse to read or accept the documentation and refer the student to the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office. The student will present his or her documentation to the SSD staff for review and subsequent discussions of appropriate accommodations and the process of using accommodations in classes.
Is the student required to provide an accommodation letter each semester, even if I have been presented with a letter from this student in a prior semester?
Yes. Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) will generate a new accommodation letter each semester based on current disability documentation and the student's current accommodation needs.
Why doesn't the accommodation letter from Services for Students with Disabilities include the nature of the student's disability?
Confidentiality of a student's specific disability diagnosis and the details of the disability are very important. The student cannot be required to provide these details, although a student may feel comfortable discussing his or her disability as related to the classroom accommodations. Under Policy Memorandum 178, the university grants authority to the Services for Students with Disabilities office to receive and interpret disability documentation, determine the existence of a disability, and determine appropriate accommodations.