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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an accommodation?

Any modification or adjustment to policies, practices, procedures, tasks, or the environment that allows a person with a disability equal access.

What is considered a disability?

Any physical, mental health, or learning disability that limits a major life activity. Temporary medical conditions with an expected duration of less than 6 months may not be a disability.

Can I ask for verification or documentation of a student’s disability?

No, it is the DRC's responsibility to collect the documentation and communicate with the faculty the needed accommodation. It is recommended that faculty/staff do not accept documentation.

How will I know that a student has an accommodation?

Accommodations will always be communicated from the DRC to you directly (typically via email). If a student tells you about an accommodation and you have not received notice from the DRC, please inform the student to request the accommodation.

When a student asks for an accommodation based on their disability, do I have to do it?

No. Accommodations should not change an essential element of the course. All accommodations should be reviewed by and coordinated through the DRC. We will work with you to make sure that the accommodation is appropriate for your course.

If a student requests an accommodation that I am willing to provide, do I still need them to go to the DRC?

If the student is asking for something you would do for any student then you do not need to coordinate with the DRC. If you would only do it because of a student’s disability then you should refer the student to the DRC.

Is a student required to tell me they have a disability?

No, students do not have to disclose they have a disability.

Will the DRC inform me anytime a student with a disability is in my class?

No, the DRC only informs faculty about a student with disabilities in their classes when an accommodation has been requested or when there is information that they clearly need to know as defined by FERPA.

How should I respond when a student tells me they have anxiety or depression?

Whether the student will need an accommodation or not, our office should be recommended. We work with faculty and students in providing reasonable accommodations and support. Most of our referrals are from faculty for students who genuinely need our services.

Can the DRC help me make my materials accessible?

Yes, we can make your documents accessible or teach you how to create them accessible from the outset.

If I suspect a student could use your support, how do I refer them without offending them?

We are aware of and are trying to change the stigma that can be associated with our office. Your support and the genuine concern is important. Explain that you want the student to be successful in your course, and our office may be able helpful in figuring out why the student is struggling.

Can a student bring an emotional support animal to class?

No.

Does the DRC work with students on regional campuses?

We work with students all over! We will set up a phone visit if they cannot make it to our office.

Can employees get accommodations?

Yes, accommodations for employees are requested through Human Resources.