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Center for Accessibility and Learning Equity

web resource for Spalding University accessiblity office

Faculty Rights

Faculty members have the right to:

  • Maintain academic standards for courses
  • Determine course content and how it will be taught
  • Confirm a student’s accommodations and ask for clarification about a specific accommodation (listed on the student’s accommodation letter) with the Center for Accessibility and Learning Equity
  • Deny a request for accommodation – IF the student has not been approved for such accommodation or if the student does not provide their accommodation letter to the instructor
  • Award grades appropriate to the level of the student’s demonstration of mastery of material
  • Fail a student who does not perform to passing standards

Faculty members do not have the right to:

  • Refuse to provide an approved accommodation for a documented disability
  • Challenge the legitimacy of a student’s disability
  • Review a student’s documentation, including diagnostic data

Faculty Responsibilities

Faculty members have the responsibility to:

  • Understand the laws and university’s guidelines regarding students with disabilities
  • Refer students to The Center for Accessibility and Learning Equity when necessary
  • Provide requested accommodations and academic adjustments to students who have documented disabilities (and provide their accommodations letter to instructor) in a timely manner
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality of records concerning students with disabilities except when disclosure is required by law or authorized by the student
  • Provide handouts, videos and other course materials in accessible formats