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FAQ's by Faculty/Staff

1.What are accommodations?

An accommodation is a modification or adjustment to policy, practice, or procedure that will enable a qualified person with a disability the opportunity to participate in and benefit from services, such as a university's educational curriculum. For a more detailed explanation on accommodations and the types offered please refer to "Accommodations".

2. How do I know if a student in my class is approved for accommodations?

A student who has been approved for accommodations by our office will provide you with a letter, signed by the Associate Director, at the beginning of every semester outlining their specific accommodations.

3. Can I know the reason a student is being provided with accommodations?

No. Student information is confidential and protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

4. Can I provide accommodations to a student who has not been approved for them?

No. If a student has not been approved for accommodations it is not without reason. Providing a student with accommodations, which have not been approved by SSS creates a biased learning environment and may serve to fundamentally alter the academic rigor and core components of your course. Federal TRIO Program

5. Can I refuse to provide accommodations to a student if I do not agree with them?

No. Eligibility for accommodations is determined through an extensive assessment process. Failure to adhere to and provide accommodations to a qualified student is against the law.
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)

6. How can I ensure confidentiality between class material (exams, written work, etc.) and SSS?

Our office adheres to the strictest of confidentiality policies and standards for professional conduct. Thus, one of our primary goals is to ensure and enforce academic integrity. It is for this reason exams do not remain in SSS overnight, unless previously agreed between faculty and SSS. Further, when exams are proctored students are required to leave all personal effects outside of the testing suites. We also routinely assess our practices and procedures with the aim of working towards the highest ideals and welcome feedback and suggestions from faculty and staff.