The vast majority of the students registered with DS have invisible disabilities meaning they have no obvious signs indicating their accommodation needs.
Students who register with DS must provide documentation of their disability. The documentation must provide not only a diagnosis but also address the functional limitations imposed by the disability. The cost of obtaining documentation is the responsibility of the student.
Students are required to present an AF to you within the first week of class or within one week of receiving the AF. The AF will outline their approved accommodations. Accommodations are determined based on a review of disability documentation and an interview with the student. We strongly encourage our DS students to make an appointment to visit with you during your office hours to discuss his/her accommodation needs. Please be advised the student is under no obligation to discuss his/her disability with you nor should you question the student. Your obligation is to discuss how the accommodations will be implemented. The AF is strictly confidential. Please do not share with others and keep it in a safe place.
One of the most important services we offer is consultation to you the faculty member. Our role is to ensure our university meets its obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 1973 Rehabilitation Act. If you have particular questions or concerns about an accommodation or if you believe an accommodation will fundamentally alter the course, please call.
We prefer to have DS students take their quizzes and exams in your department whenever possible but we realize due to scheduling or the student’s accommodation needs that it is not always possible. However, it is important for you to know it is your decision where the student will take his/her exams. If a student qualifies for exam accommodations, they should discuss their exam needs with you when they present their AF to you. If you want the student to take exams at DS, please inform the student of your decision. It then becomes the responsibility of the DS student to register to take the exams at DS. Please note, any student caught cheating will be referred to the Director of Student Conduct & Resolution for adjudication.
Many students qualify for note takers. Having a note taker is not an excuse for not attending class. We ask the DS student to discuss their note taking needs with you when he/she presents the AF. If you post your notes on-line, the student likely will not need a note taker. If you and the DS student determine a note taker is needed, we will ask the student to give you a Note Taker Recruitment Memo to read in class to recruit a volunteer note taker. Do not state the DS student’s name when you read the request. Once a volunteer comes forward, please give the Note Taker Recruitment Memo to the volunteer and send him/her to the DS office in Frick 154 to get registered. Upon successful completion of duties, the volunteer receives a $10 per credit hour honorarium for volunteering as a note taker.
Provide a statement on your syllabus for students with disabilities. We suggest that you use the following statement:“Students with disabilities who believe they may need an accommodation in this class are encouraged to contact Greg Toutges, Director of Disability Services at 477-4318 (Voice) or 1-800-627-3529 (MRS/TTY), Flora Frick 154 as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. Information regarding Disability Services is available at http://www.mnstate.edu/disability/”
Utilize Universal Design of Instruction (UDI) concepts in your classes. More information regarding UDI is available at the following web sites:
Thank you for your assistance and for providing an equal opportunity for students with disabilities to be successful at MSU Moorhead.