Guidelines for Professors of Students with Disabilities

1. Appropriate and reasonable accommodations are best determined through an interactive process that most often includes the student with the disability and Office of Disability Resources staff. Faculty or staff members will be asked to join in the discussion as the situation warrants but are encouraged to ask any questions or request assistance at any time.

2. Please refer students who identify themselves as students with disabilities to the Office of Disability Resources and feel free to call to discuss any questions or concerns (Peters Hall 116/118, x55588).

3. Information is sent to faculty only at the request of a student. Even if a student has documented a disability, he or she must request that a letter of accommodation be provided for your class.  Disability Resources is available to assist the student in making that contact.

4. The Office of Disability Resources is responsible for determining which students are eligible as students with disabilities.

5. It is suggested that you include a statement in your syllabus that encourages students with disabilities to use the process. Sample statements are provided in the "For Faculty" link for your convenience.

6. If a student requires an accommodation in your classroom, the Office of Disability Resources will provide a letter for the student to present to you. That document will detail the accommodations to which the student is entitled. Accommodations should not alter the fundamental nature of the program of study. If you are concerned that an accommodation will fundamentally alter the nature of your course, please contact the Office of Disability Resources.

7. Although accommodations are non-negotiable, details about how the accommodations will be provided are generally arranged between the faculty member and the student. If you need assistance arranging appropriate accommodations, please contact us.

8. Confidentiality: Absolute confidentiality is important. Please do not make any reference to a student’s disability in class or in front of other students, faculty, or staff members. The student may opt to tell you about his or her disability, and you are free to ask for details about the ways that the disability impacts on class performance and
learning once the student has disclosed to you.

9.  Please see Faculty FAQ for more information.

Contact Information

Address: 50 N. Professor St.
Peters Hall - Rooms 116 & 118
Oberlin, OH 44074

Phone: (440) 775-5588

Fax: (440) 775-5589

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.   (closed 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.)