Access is a University-wide responsibility. Ensuring meaningful access to the academic environment requires the active participation of each faculty member and instructor and often includes collaboration with Disability Resources (DRC). The University is committed to the design of fully accessible learning experiences.
The following are institutionally-supported, minimum steps that all faculty members and course instructors should take to create an accessible classroom experience for all students, including those with disabilities. DRC staff is available to provide support and/or consult.
- Include the required syllabus statement for access on all course syllabi
- Work in partnership with DRC to ensure all student assessments are accessible. Options include:
- coordinating accommodations yourself within the classroom, office or department. You may contact DRC to assist in ensuring that your plans for providing accommodations will be effective.
- arranging for DRC to administer classroom exams with accommodations
- designing student assessment activities that minimize the need for accommodations. Consult with DRC staff to ensure the assessment is inclusively designed
- Post class notes on an accessible course Website or D2L OR assist students in locating a volunteer classmate to provide notes when requested
- Identify your reading schedule early so that materials will be available in accessible format. Post only accessible materials to course Websites and D2L.
- Ensure that Sign Language Interpreters or CART writers have appropriate seating in the classroom
- Confirm, in consultation with DRC if needed, that all videos shown in the class are captioned when a deaf or hard of hearing student is registered
- Arrange for accessible transportation for field trips if you have students who request it
- Collaborate with disabled students and the DRC to ensure access and provide accommodations.