Accessibility Services for Faculty
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 Office of Accessibility Services 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 would be:
“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 about requesting accommodations, documentation guidelines, and what the accommodated interactive process entails should plan to contact OAS either by email AccessibilityServices@wpi.edu, by phone (508) 831-4908, or by stopping by the office on the 5th floor of Unity Hall.”
How to Navigate Extended Time on Exams
- Clearly establish the duration of the exam for the entire class (i.e., 60 minutes is the duration of the exam for students).
- Multiply the duration of the exam by the amount of extra time a student with testing accommodations has. (i.e., if the student with the testing accommodation gets 1.5x, and the class is being given 60 minutes for the exam, then the accommodated student would receive 90 minutes).
- Provide the student receiving the extended time accommodation that duration of uninterrupted time to complete the exam.
- OAS does have an Exam Proctoring Center available as a service for proctoring; the student would need to sign up at least 2 school days in advance.