The Office of the General Counsel and the Office of Services for Students With Disabilities (SSD) recommends that all faculty include a statement similar to the following in their course syllabi and review the statement during the first class period.
- To the Students: "If you think you need an accommodation for a disability, please let me know at your earliest convenience. Some aspects of the course, the assignments, the in-class activities, and the way I teach may be modified to facilitate your participation and progress. As soon as you make me aware of your needs, we can work with the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities to help us determine appropriate accommodations. I will treat information you provide as private and confidential."
Note that this statement protects both the students and the instructor. Students who have registered their disabilities with SSD are entitled to appropriate accommodations in class, and that office can walk faculty through what is and is not appropriate. At the same time, this statement alerts students that they must reach out to SSD, if they believe they need accommodation. Because of that, we strongly encourage that all classes incorporate this into the syllabi, as part of the class expectation statements.
- Office of Services for Students With Disabilities (SSD): Additional information and resources for both faculty and students are available on the SSD website. If you have questions, be sure to review the SSD Faculty Handbook (http://ssd.umich.edu/about/handbooks/index.html )
If you or a student have any questions in this regard, please feel free to contact Evonne Plantinga, Director, Academic Services & Financial Aid.