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:
- 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.
- Starting fall 2023, ODS will be utilizing a new procedure for consideration for absences and extensions on assignments to maintain consistency with the standards in our field. Please refer to our new Consideration for Absences and Extension on Assignments procedure to utilize with students who have either of these accommodations. As in the past, ODS encourages students with these accommodations to attend classes regularly and submit assignments when they are due. We also alert them that these accommodations are only to be utilized for disability-related reasons.
- Granting Testing Accommodations in the D2L Quizzes Tab, a document created by the Center for Teaching and Learning team, provides faculty with instructions on how to add time to a quiz or exam for a student who has an approved accommodation for extended testing time.
- 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, Associate Director