All Faculty must Include a "Disability Statement" on their syllabi.
Disability Syllabus Statement for Macon (including Penfield College and select graduate programs) and the Savannah Campus
"Students requiring accommodations for a disability should inform the instructor at the close of the first class meeting or as soon as possible. The instructor will refer you to the ACCESS and Accommodation Office to document your disability, determine eligibility for accommodations under the ADAAA/Section 504 and to request a Faculty Accommodation Form. Disability accommodations or status will not be indicated on academic transcripts. In order to receive accommodations in a class, students with sensory, learning, psychological, physical or medical disabilities must provide their instructor with a Faculty Accommodation Form to sign. Students must return the signed form to the ACCESS Coordinator. A new form must be requested each semester. Students with a history of a disability, perceived as having a disability or with a current disability who do not wish to use academic accommodations are also strongly encouraged to register with the ACCESS and Accommodation Office and request a Faculty Accommodation Form each semester. For further information, please contact Carole Burrowbridge, Director and ADA/504 Coordinator, at 301-2778 or visit the ACCESS and Accommodation Office website at http://www.mercer.edu/disabilityservices * (07/13)
* Faculty may obtain the syllabus statement for other campuses by contacting the ACCESS Coordinator for that campus:
Atlanta, Douglas, Newnan & Henry Co. Campuses - Rich Stilley, Asst. Dean for Campus Life on the Atlanta Campus.
Law School - Dean Mary Donovan.
Medical School - Patrick Roche, M.D. in Macon and Alice House, M.D. in Columbus
Responsibilities of Faculty Regarding Students with Disabilities
- Make sure that all websites and online materials including content on Blackboard are accessible to visually impaired and hearing impaired students. This may mean providing a plain text (.rtf or .doc) version of all content and material, tagging images or ensuring that captions or transcripts are available for all videos used in a course. ACCESS and Accommodation or the IT department can assist you with ensuring that your website or online course is accessible. Please refer to the information on the Accessible Websites link to the left for more information.
- Communications with students regarding their disability or accommodations should be made with respect and in a confidential manner since some students may be sensitive to others knowing that they have a medical condition.
- Meet with students requesting accommodations and discuss details of how accommodations will be provided ( i.e., will the professor be providing the accommodations or will the ACCESS Office?) Discuss and sign the Faculty Accommodation Form that the student presents at the beginning of each semester and indicate who will provide testing accommodations. Make a copy of the form or note the approved accommodations for reference.
- Provide reasonable accommodations that have been approved by the ACCESS Office and are requested by the student for that class. Student accommodation needs will vary from class to class.
- Help identity student notetakers for students who require a copy of notes to be provided to them.
- Make a good faith effort to provide a low-distraction environment and the approved amount of time for all accommodated exams. It is recommended that a "Do Not Disturb" sign be posted on the door of the room where the student takes a test.
- Assist students with notetakers as an approved accommodations by helping to identifying a classmate as a notetaker.
- Encourage students to use the Academic Resource Center and ACCESS and Accommodations when needed.
- Contact the ACCESS Coordinator for support in providing necessary accommodations for students.
Some students with disabilities may need to take a lighter than average course load because of the impact of their disability. They may be advised to take a lighter course load during the Fall and Spring Terms and take a class or two during the summer or to extend their program by a semester or more. With proper documentation, some students with severe disabilities who are struggling with a full-time course load due to the impact of their disability may be eligible to register for less than 12 credit hours and retain financial aid eligibility. Some students who have attempted a math or foreign language class and failed may have disabilities that directly impact these areas and may be eligible for course substitutions. Reduced course load petitions and math and foreign language substitutions must be petitioned through the ACCESS and Accommodation Office and are evaluated on a case by case basis. Petitions may be reviewed by a committee and only reviewed once per semester. Only petitions that are complete with comprehensive documentation will be considered for review. Please contact or refer students to the ACCESS Office for more information on the process and documentation requirements.
- Notetaker Factsheet (.doc)
- The Faculty Room, University of Washington faculty resources
- Students with Aspergers Video Link
- Best Practices in Making websites and materials accessible to visual impaired students
Dr. Kyra Osmus Awarded for Outstanding Support of Students with Disabilities