If you are a student with a disability and believe you may need accommodations for
this course, please notify me with a memo from Disability Support Services (DSS).
Since accommodations are not retroactive, it is strongly recommended that you provide
me with notification as early as possible in the term. To register with DSS, or if
you have questions about disability accommodations, contact Disability Support Services
at 410-704-2638, or visit the DSS office in the Administration Building, Room 232.
For Internship/Field Experiences
If you are a student with a disability, please be aware that you may request accommodations
for an internship. An internship accommodation may more closely resemble a job accommodation
rather than an academic accommodation. Internship accommodations require advance
planning. If you will be participating in an internship, plan to discuss whether
accommodations will be needed by contacting the DSS office as early as possible.
For Online Courses
If you are a student with a disability, please contact me to discuss your specific
needs. A memo from Disability Support Services (DSS) authorizing your accommodations
will be needed. Please note that accommodations needed for an online course may be
different than those needed in a traditional classroom setting, so it is important
that you work with DSS to determine appropriate accommodations for this course as
early as possible.
5 Quick Tips for Faculty
Encourage students to disclose their disability as soon as possible by including a
statement in your syllabus directing students to contact Disability Support Services.
The DSS office determines a student's eligibility for accommodations and services,
so if the student hasn't given you a memo from DSS you shouldn't provide accommodations
on the basis of a disability -- no matter how convincing the student is.
As a faculty member you play an important role in providing accommodations. However,
it should not be time consuming. DSS is a resource for you to expedite the accommodations
process. For example, the purpose of the DSS Testing Services Center is to assist
faculty with implementing testing accommodations. Importantly, you should provide
help with course work for students with disabilities as you would for any other student.
If a student with a disability needs more assistance that you can reasonably provide,
you can refer the student to DSS or another appropriate campus resource.
Information related to a student's disability is confidential and protected under
FERPA. The student should be afforded the opportunity to meet with you privately to
discuss disability-related matters.
Accommodations are designed to mitigate the effects of a disability so the student
has an equal opportunity to meet the course standards, not to change or circumvent
them. If a student with a disability cannot meet the course standards with accommodations,
it may mean the student will not pass. Accommodations give students a chance to compete
on a level playing field; they don't guarantee success.
Information for Faculty and Staff with Disabilities
For more information please email adarequest AT_TOWSON or call the Office of Human Resources at 410-704-2162.
To request a job accommodation, faculty and staff should visit Current Employees in the Office of Human Resources.