Welcome to Faculty Resources at Slippery Rock University!
Faculty members at Slippery Rock University play a vital role in promoting access for students with disabilities. Therefore, the Office of Disability Services (ODS) is pleased to offer a variety of resources to assist faculty with this process. Our hope is that these resources will give faculty more in-depth information and guidance to ensure the successful implementation of accommodations and services to students registered in our office.
In addition to the resources provided below, we encourage all faculty members to utilize our office staff to address any questions or concerns you have. We are open to communication and collaboration while we serve students together.
Please click on the link to access the information within:
- This FAQ for Faculty regarding Supporting Students with Disabilities in an Online Learning Environment provides answers to questions that DS has been receiving from faculty amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. It clarifies concerns related to online testing and proctoring, exam time extensions, use of accommodations, concerns for students with hearing and vision disabilities, and making course materials accessible to all.
- The Office of Disability Services has created the following resources to assist faculty with the use and navigation of Accommodate:
- Faculty Guide for Accommodate
- Faculty Video Tutorials on the following topics:
- Accommodations 101, a listing and explanation of common (not all) accommodations that a faculty member may see in an emailed accommodation letter.
- The Accommodations FAQ for Faculty is a document created to answer frequently asked questions regarding accommodations for faculty members. This document was created through a partnership initiated by the President’s Commission for Disability Issues.
- Special Access in D2L provides faculty with instructions on how to give a student extra time on a quiz or exam and/or extra time for an assignment within D2L.
- The Consideration for Absences Procedure and Agreement Form is a required process that is taken on collaboratively by the student, the faculty member, and the Office of Disability Services. It sets a plan in place for a student who has been approved for a consideration for absences accommodation due to the possibility of additional absences related to the student's disability/medical diagnosis. This process and form is required to be completed with the faculty member in every class that the student would like their consideration for absences accommodation applied to.
- A copy of our Student Agreement for Audio Recording and Technology Use in Classrooms for your review. This is the agreement that students sign in our office when they have an accommodation to use a tape/digital recorder, smart pen, or other recording device in the classroom to assist with note-taking.
- A Quick Reference Guide to different types of disabilities is a listing of common (not all) disabilities students may be diagnosed with. Student's disabilities will not be disclosed to the faculty member in the accommodation letter and students are not required to share this type of information. Our office does encourage students to discuss accommodations with their faculty, during office hours.
- Fast Facts for Faculty is a series of publications that provide information and recommendations for faculty regarding various disabilities. Topics covered in these publications include:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Coordinating Internships
- Guided Notes
- Guidelines for Creating Web Content
- Invisible Disabilities
- Medical and Mobility Impairments
- Most Frequently Asked Questions
- Rights and Responsibilities
- Sensory Impairments
- Sign Language Interpreting
- Syllabus Statement
- Universal design
- Writing in the University
- Also included:
The Office of Disability Services uses Accommodate to service our students. To access this system as a faculty member, click on the Accommodate icon from your D2L home page and follow the prompts using your SRU email and password to log in. Please refer to the Faculty Guide for Accommodate for further instruction.
If you know a student who would like to request accommodations from our office, please refer them to the ODS page on the SRU website. Direct them to click on the Accommodation Request link on the right side under Related Links to complete a Public Accommodation Request.
For questions or concerns, please contact our office between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm during the semester and until 4:00 pm during spring, summer, and winter breaks.
Office of Disability Services
220 Bailey Library
Dr. Natalie Burick, Director
Kim Coffaro, Assistant Director