Faculty/Staff FAQs

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    Q1. What are some of the academic accommodations that a student with a disability can receive?

      Q2. I suspect that a student in my class may have a disability.  I have not received accommodation forms from Disability Services.  How do I make a referral for this student?

        Q3. I have a student in my class who claims to have a disability and has requested accommodations.  I have not received any official paperwork documenting the need to accommodate this student from Disability Services.  Do I need to accommodate?

          Q4. Should faculty evaluate students with disabilities any differently than they do the rest of the class?

            Q5. I'd like my department to learn more about Disability Services. Do you provide any information sessions or training on campus?

              Q1.  What are some of the academic accommodations that a student with a disability can receive?
              A.
              Academic accommodations are based upon the disability and the impact it has on the student in an educational setting. They are determined on a case-by-case basis.  Some examples of common academic accommodations are extended time for testing, low distraction setting for testing, notetaking, sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices and books in alternative format.

              Q2.  I suspect that a student in my class may have a disability.  I have not received accommodation forms from Disability Services.  How do I make a referral for this student?
              A.
              Disclosing a disability can be difficult for some students. Instructors and staff should not make direct referrals to Disability Services until a student has self-identified that they have a disability. Meeting with a student individually is recommended if you suspect a student has a disability. The instructor can meet with the student and discuss the academic difficulties they have noticed and suggest various on campus resources, including Disability Services, which may assist them.  A syllabus statement can also be used to provide students directions of how to contact Disability Services for accommodations.  For further assistance with referrals, instructors and staff can contact Disability Services for consultation.

              Q3.  I have a student in my class who claims to have a disability and has requested accommodations.  I have not received any official paperwork documenting the need to accommodate this student from Disability Services.  Do I need to accommodate?
              A.
              Without official documentation from Disability Services, you are not required to accommodate the student. Ask the student if they are approved for accommodations by Disability Services.  If they are not, refer them to Disability Services.  Even if the student claims to already be approved for accommodations, they must present you with an accommodation form for the class. It is the student’s responsibility to request accommodation forms every semester from their assigned Disability Counselor.

              Q4.  Should faculty evaluate students with disabilities any differently than they do the rest of the class?
              A.
              All students, including those with disabilities, should be evaluated at the same level.  Accommodations are not in place to give students an extra advantage. Accommodations are designed to level the playing field and to make education accessible. Students who are accommodated by Disability Services are still required to meet the academic standards of their classes and programs at CPCC.

              Q5. I'd like my department to learn more about Disability Services. Do you provide any information sessions or training on campus?
              A.
              Yes. Disability Services can provide training for your department or division. If you are interested in receiving training as a group (for faculty or staff), please make a request by emailing Disability Services: disability.counselingservices@cpcc.edu

               

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