Expectations & Responsibilities
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The OAE should receive professional documentation of a student’s disability in a timely manner prior to services being initiated.
- Students and faculty should work cooperatively with OAE to facilitate academic accommodations.
- The OAE does not support retroactive or unreasonable accommodations, modifications, and/or auxiliary aids and services. For example, accommodations cannot impose undue hardship to, or fundamentally alter, a program or activity of the University
- Collect, evaluate, and securely store professional documentation of disability and determine eligibility for accommodations.
- Respect and maintain a student’s privacy about disability information and accommodations.
- Meet with the student privately in an accessible location to discuss disability-related needs.
- Assure that qualified students with disabilities have optimally equal access to University programs and services.
- In collaboration with the student, take a leading role in arranging and facilitating accommodations in a timely manner.
- Assume communications regarding accommodation logistics on behalf of the student when their disability impacts their ability to effectively do so (e.g. hospitalization).
- Engage directly with faculty in reasonability determination processes.
- Intervene, as needed, to ensure implementation of reasonable accommodations.
- Provide appropriate academic accommodations in collaboration with the instructor and the student.
- Provide print materials in accessible format once the faculty member and student identify the material to be converted.
- Recruit and hire appropriate service providers for academic accommodations including, but not limited to: laboratory or library assistants, exam readers and/or scribes, notetakers, sign language interpreters, and real-time captioners.
- Assist faculty in implementing accommodations (such as obtaining captioned media).
- Provide assistive technology applications, equipment loans, and training resources based on the OAE assessments of the student's need.
Note: Faculty and staff may be eligible to receive assistive technology assessments by the OAE with a referral from the Diversity & Access Office (Phone, 723-0755; TTY, 723-1216).
- Adhere to the academic and conduct standards and expectations of the University.
- Develop written policies and procedures that will facilitate the University’s responsibilities to students with disabilities.
- Disseminate information about needs and rights of students with disabilities to the campus community.
- Communicate policies/procedures clearly to the student and the faculty.
- Consult and/or provide training assistance to campus constituents.
- Advocate responsibly the needs of students with disabilities to the campus community. Assist students in developing skills to become self-advocates.