Working with Students with Disabilities

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.


Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

The University of Michigan is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Students wishing to receive testing accommodations must register with the University of Michigan Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office as soon as possible. Students must then submit their Verified Individualized Services and Accommodations (VISA) form online as early as possible, but no later than two weeks prior to the first test or quiz for which accommodations are requested.

Accommodations arrangements are not guaranteed for students who submit their VISA form with less than two weeks’ notice. Requests must be sent using the Ross Accommodations Request Form  and must include a scanned or photographed copy of the VISA form. This form only needs to be submitted once during your academic career with Ross unless your accommodations eligibility expires. In rare cases, the need for an accommodation arises after the two-week deadline has passed (example: a broken wrist). In these cases, students should still contact SSD and the Ross Accommodations Coordinator. However,due to logistical constraints we cannot guarantee that an accommodation can be made after the two-week deadline has passed.

Questions can be directed to the Ross Accommodations Coordinator at


Note that this statement protects both the students and the instructor.  Students who have registered their disabilities with SSD are entitled to accommodations in class, as well as during scheduled exams.  The SSD office can walk faculty through what is and is not appropriate.  We encourage all students to reach out to SSD first, if they believe they are in need of any accommodation.  We strongly encourage that all classes incorporate the contact information into the syllabi as part of the class expectation statements. 

If you or a student have any questions in this regard, please feel free to contact the Ross Accommodations Coordinator at