Faculty FAQs

Disability Accommodations Syllabus Statement

Please include a statement similar to the following in course syllabi: 

Students with Disabilities
If you are seeking accommodations (class/course adjustments) for a disability, here are the steps to take: 
1) Register as a student with a disability with Student Access Services (SAS) in the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).  This process takes time, so engage with SAS as early as possible. 
2) Once registered with SAS, you may be approved for accommodations by SAS.  Approved accommodations will be listed on a “Faculty Contact Sheet” (FCS), and you will receive a copy of this FCS from SAS. 
3) Meet with each of your instructors as soon as possible to review your accommodations as per the FCS, and have them sign the FCS. This document will help you and your instructors develop a plan for providing the approved accommodations. 
4) Let SAS know if you have any concerns about how your accommodations are being implemented in the classroom.

Please remember that:
1) The steps above are required in order to be granted reasonable accommodations for disabling conditions.
2) Accommodations cannot be implemented retroactively.  That is, accommodations can only be applied to a course after they have been approved by SAS, and after you have discussed your accommodations with your instructor and the instructor has signed the FCS. 
3) Appointments with SAS staff are scheduled through the Starfish "Success Network" tab (you can access Starfish through Canvas).  For more information, check the SAS website, e-mail, or call 703-284-1538.

Temporary Challenges
Temporary challenges due to accident, illness, etc. that may result in missing class or navigating general campus access do not necessarily fall under the purview of SAS. If you experience something of this nature, please start by alerting your instructors.  The Dean of Student Success may be involved in alerting instructors in extreme cases.


General Faculty Topics:

First Day of Class Announcement


As you review the syllabus for each class, note the above statement and invite students to meet you either during office hours or by appointment. These invitations are important in helping the student feel at ease and for encouraging self-identification. Due to confidentiality, SAS does not directly notify instructors of a student’s disabilities except at the request of the student

Obtain a Copy of the Faculty Contact Sheet


In most cases, a student seeking accommodations must provide a Faculty Contact Sheet (FCS) from Student Access Services. Exceptions are if a student has an obvious physical disability, such as a hearing or mobility impairment. Students who do not have a FCS should be referred to Student Access Services.

Discuss Student Accommodation Request(s)


Once the student provides the instructor with a copy of the Faculty Contact Sheet, discuss the specific accommodations requested for the course. Each FCS includes a list of recommended accommodations, based on documentation provided by the student. These accommodations may not automatically apply to every course or every assignment. Appropriate accommodations should be based on the FCS, the course requirements, and common sense. SAS provides a Faculty-Student Contract for use during meetings where students present Faculty Contact Sheets. This contract will be kept on file in the SAS office to provide clarification throughout the semester.

Consult with the SAS director when necessary


If you have a question regarding a requested accommodation, cannot reach mutual agreement with a student, or need other assistance, please contact the director of Student Access Services. Denial of a formal academic accommodation request must come from the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs

Evaluate Accommodation Success


Clearly, the student bears the main burden of evaluating whether an accommodation is succeeding. However, checking in with the student occasionally to monitor progress is helpful. Consistent follow through is important on any agreed accommodations, such as forwarding tests to the Center for Teaching and Learning Testing Center on time, providing written instructions for assignments, or assisting in recruiting note takers.

Reasonable and Unreasonable Accommodations


Poor attendance, late or missed assignments, or poor quality work unrelated to the disability should be handled as it is for all other students in the class. Also, if a student with a disability does not identify him or herself until late in a semester, faculty are not obligated to retroactively change grades or alter completed assignments.

Advising for Students with Disabilities


Academic advising is crucial for students with disabilities. As in class, make an explicit invitation for students with disabilities to self-identify. Discuss with the student how his or her disability might affect course load, combination and sequence of courses, choice of major, and other academic planning concerns.

Sven Jones, MPM, MA, MA

Director - Student Access Services

Maureen Dour, MS

Learning Specialist - Access Services

Office Hours

9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Marymount University
Rowley G105

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