Faculty/Staff

Faculty Rights & Responsibilities

Each member of the faculty plays an important role in the implementation of accommodations to students with disabilities. Providing accommodations is NOT negotiable; the way the accommodations are provided may be negotiable, and in keeping with that role .

Faculty Have the Right To:

  • Expect students with disabilities to attend and participate in class;
  • Expect students to observe the code of conduct;
  • Expect that students will adhere to the academic integrity policy;
  • Determine the curricula for their courses;
  • Determine student progress and assign grades;
  • Provide input regarding the accommodations employed in their classrooms;
  • Question accommodations that would jeopardize the academic standards or compromise the mastery of essential competencies;
  • Receive timely notification of specific needs.

Faculty Have the Responsibility To:

  • Provide an atmosphere in which all students can learn course material;
  • Include a Reasonable Accommodation statement on the syllabus for each course taught;

Sample ADA Notification Statement
For Course Syllabi

The College is committed to making reasonable efforts to assist individuals with disabilities in their efforts to avail themselves of services and programs offered by the College. To this end, Marist College will provide reasonable accommodations for persons with documented qualifying disabilities. However, it is the student's responsibility to request accommodations.

If you have a disabling condition that may substantially limit your ability to participate in this class, please contact me after class for additional information and assistance.

  • To drop off exams and quizzes to Special Services (DN226) in a timely manner or to give them to students in sealed, initialed envelopes for the students to bring to Special Services. (We do not recommend sending tests through campus mail);
  • Refer students to Special Services for possible accommodations if the student has not already done so;
  • Provide accommodations in a fair and timely manner;
  • Contact the Office of Special Services with questions or suggestions regarding the appropriateness of an accommodation;
  • Assist students who need volunteer notetakers by identifying students who have demonstrated good note taking ability in other classes;
  • Select course textbooks early;
  • Make academic adjustments in instruction as appropriate.

If Internet resources and other technologies are used,
then these resources must also be as accessible to
students with disabilities as they are for other students.


Accommodation - It Is Just Good Teaching

Although the following are often used as accommodations for students with disabilities, these tips and techniques are just plain good teaching strategy - for all students.

  • Study guides
  • Guided lecture questions
  • Key terms identified
  • Visual aids
  • Facing the class
  • Learning style adaptations
  • Providing spatial awareness for the blind
  • Liaison with interpreter

For more tips, contact the Office of Special Services.

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