Thank you for your commitment to students with disabilities at Miami University. This section will provide you with information and resources to support the needs of students with disabilities. Here you will find information regarding Student Disability Services (SDS) procedures and best practices for the accommodation and inclusion of Miami University students with disabilities. SDS looks forward to working with you to create a welcoming and accessible classroom and campus environment.
Students are strongly encouraged to initiate a meeting to discuss accommodations. You are not required to contact the student. However, if you receive a letter and the student does not approach you, we strongly recommend reaching out to the student. A brief email to the student that acknowledges you are aware of their accommodations and encourages them to meet with you is suggested. Include this email in your recordkeeping for the course.
No. Students may request accommodations at any time during the semester. However, accommodations are not retroactive and only begin from the date of formal request.
Refer the student to Student Disability Services (SDS). You may also contact the office at anytime and SDS staff can review the student’s record to confirm whether or not they have requested accommodations. You are not required to provide accommodations if you have not received a FNL. Remember, FNLs are sent via email and it is important to monitor your messages closely throughout the semester.
The university recommends that faculty only provide accommodations for students they have received formal notification for. However, faculty are encouraged to employ universal design principles to promote overall course accessibility.
When you have a student that requires advance planning for course accessibility, SDS will contact you for a pre-term consultation. In most cases, these students may require captioned media and alternative formats including braille and tactile course materials. You will be contacted the semester before the class begins or as soon as the student registers for the course.
Students have a right to change their course schedule at anytime. Due to this, advance notice cannot be guaranteed. Faculty are strongly encouraged to embed accessibility into course design to minimize necessary alterations if a student that requires accommodations registers for the course.
Refer the student to SDS and document the referral.
SDS complies with FERPA guidelines. SDS staff can discuss student concerns and progress for the purpose of coordinating services and plans for the student’s educational benefit. SDS welcomes faculty to contact the office at anytime concerning student needs.
Contact SDS immediately if you are concerned that an accommodations is a fundamental alteration. SDS staff will consult and provide guidance regarding your concern.
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