Faculty Role in Working with Students

 Who Have Documented Disabilities

 

Please include in your syllabus a statement about Disability Services Office. This statement could read: 

“Any student requesting academic accommodations based on a disability are required to register with Disability Services each semester. A letter of verification for approved accommodations can be obtained from this office. Please be sure the accommodation letter is delivered to the instructor as early in the semester as possible. The Disability Services Office is located in DAL 2, Room 244 and is open the following hours:

Monday: 8:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday:  10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Wednesday:  10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Thursday:  9:00 am - noon (UNT Dallas Main Campus

      2:00 pm - 6:00 pm UNT Dallas College of Law

Friday:  8:30 am - 5:00 pm

The phone number is (972) 338-1777.  

Faculty members will assist in the implementation of academic accommodations. 

The University of North Texas at Dallas determines through Disability Services that academic accommodations are necessary to support a student with a disability. It is the responsibility of this office to determine whether or not a student should receive accommodations. It is the student's responsibility to submit accommodation requests in a timely matter and to follow Disability Services’ policies and procedures. It is the academic department and faculty members' responsibility to ensure academic accommodations are provided. By law, the university is required to provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids for students who meet the criteria to be considered to have a disability.

Keep the disability related information confidential

Having a disability is a very personal matter and should be addressed confidentially with the student and/or Disability Services Office staff. The accommodation letter presented to faculty outlines accommodations only and does not make reference to the type of disability diagnosis. Some students may choose to divulge their disability in greater detail but this choice is strictly up to the student. Keep in mind that many disabilities are not seen or " hidden” and erroneous assumptions can be made. Great care should be taken to not reveal a student with a disability by way of announcements, speaking about the student's disability in such a way that the conversation can be overheard, sharing the student's disability with other faculty members except when educationally necessary etc. Faculty should encourage students with disabilities to discuss disability related accommodations in a confidential setting during office hours or otherwise. Disability Services staff are available for consultation should questions and issues arise.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Accommodations should NOT be provided to students who do not provide an accommodations letter from Disability Services.

Faculty training or workshops on disabilities, the accommodation process, and the ADA is available upon request. Please contact  Cynthia "Cindy" Suarez at Cynthia.Suarez@UNTDallas.edu or call 972-338-1777 to arrange a consultation.