At WPI, we want to offer academics accommodations that allow flexibility for both you as the professor and each of your students to appropriately negotiate courses, assignments, and projects. Here you’ll find a number of resources to support you in providing students with disabilities appropriate access to academic opportunities, and the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) is available to answer any additional questions you have.
As an additional service to save time, faculty utilizing the Exam Proctoring Center (EPC) have the option to share all exam data for the term, rather than individually for each exam. Our staff will enter that information into your faculty portal and you will just need to provide the exam or quiz, once available.
It is the student’s responsibility to:
- Disclose their disability by providing a letter of accommodation at the start of the term.
- Meet with their professor to discuss the details of their functional limitations and learning style.
- Follow up with the Office of Accessibility Services for support in accessing auxiliary accommodations or schedule an exam in the Exam Proctoring Center (EPC).
It is the professor’s responsibility to:
- Invite student disclosure by including the below accommodation statement* in their syllabus.
- To be available to discuss accommodation implementation with individual students.
- Ensure an accommodation does not impend on the academic integrity of their course while providing appropriate access to the student.
- Contact appropriate OAS Staff for guidance on balancing access and course integrity when necessary.
Academic Accommodations Syllabus Statement
An easy way to refer students to the OAS is to include our information in your syllabus. The federal Office of Civil Rights strongly suggests that faculty include a statement in their syllabus that states that accommodations are available for students with disabilities, the correct procedure for receiving the accommodations and that you are willing to provide these accommodations. A recommended example of a syllabus accommodations statement is given below.
“Students with approved academic accommodations should plan to submit their accommodation letters through the Office of Accessibility Services Student Portal. Should you have any questions about how accommodations can be implemented in this particular course, please contact me as soon as possible. Students who are not currently registered with the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) but who would like to find out more information regarding requesting accommodations, documentation guidelines, and what that all entails should plan to contact them either via email AccessibilityServices@wpi.edu or via phone (508) 831-4908.”