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What is the Letter of Accommodations (LOA)?

The letter is a document generated by the student via SDS's Student Portal that ensures a student has a documented disability and has been deemed eligible for specific academic accommodations. The information on the letter is confidential and should be treated as such. Continue reading...

Posted August 4, 2017


Do instructors have a legal responsibility to accommodate qualified students with disabilities?

Yes. Accessibility is essential and should be in the forefront of course planning.  If you are concerned about accommodations for a class, please contact SDS immediately at (319) 335-1462.  The Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (OCR), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandate students' rights to  accommodations... Continue reading...

Posted August 3, 2017


What do I do about a student with a disability who is misbehaving, threatening, or rude?

All students are expected to abide by the University Code of Conduct. Poor behavior is not excused on the basis of disability.  Respond to the behavior as you would with any other student. Continue reading...

Posted August 3, 2017



I suspect that a student has a disability. How do I talk to the student about my concern?

You can tell the student that you have noticed they are struggling and ask if there is anything that is going on with them that would be helpful for you to know.  You can also mention that students who are struggling may have a disability that they are or are... Continue reading...

Posted August 3, 2017


What should I do when a student directly hands me his or her documentation of a disability?

Refer the student to Student Disability Services or share the hyperlink to the Applying for Accommodations webpage. The SDS director will review the documentation to determine eligibility for accommodations. Once approved for services, the SDS staff and student will discuss appropriate accommodations for each class and assist the student in communicating... Continue reading...

Posted August 3, 2017


When students identify themselves as having a disability, what should instructors and staff do?

Interaction with students with disabilities is the same as with any other student. Listen to what they have to say. Ask questions only about how and if the disability will impact them in the class as well as about the accommodations they may be requesting. Continue reading...

Posted August 3, 2017


Are students required to identify their disability or provide copies of disability documentations to faculty and staff?

No. Students are not required nor should they be asked to disclose the nature of their disability.  Additionally, students should not be asked to provide faculty and staff with copies of their disability documentation. Students requesting accommodations are only required to provide a Letter of Accommodations from SDS stating that they... Continue reading...

Posted August 3, 2017


I'm having issues with an exam accommodation being proctored by an instructor? What do I do?

If you are having issues with an exam being proctored by an instructor or have any other questions or problems concerning an exam accommodations, please contact your Accommodations Coordinator right away. Continue reading...

Posted August 2, 2017


If a student is taking an exam at SDS, when does it need to be at the SDS office?

Instructors can email or drop off the exams at SDS during business hours. SDS must have the exams in possession 24 hours before the exam is scheduled. Continue reading...

Posted August 2, 2017


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