and Answers for Faculty and Staff
What if students come to me toward the
end of the semester and tell me they have not done well due to a disability?
If students have not identified
themselves to the Center for Disability Services and presented documentation
that they are persons with disabilities, they are not eligible for services.
Eligible students may have chosen not to use services. Either way, an instructor
does not have to make any retroactive accommodations for students. The
instructor should direct students to the CDS, (Room S114).
If students need note-takers, what do
First of all, do not say to the class,
"Mary has a disability and needs a note-taker; any volunteers?"After one
class, through observation, you will probably be able to tell who is taking good
notes. Ask the student or students privately if they would take notes for
someone in the class who needs additional assistance. If possible, arrange for a
private meeting of the student and the note-taker. The CDS supplies students who
need note-takers with special note-taking books that make a carbon copy.
Instructors may want to consider giving students copies of their own notes and
What do I do if I don�t agree with
an accommodation or auxiliary aid?
It is understandable that at times an
instructor may question the validity of an accommodation or auxiliary aid.
Please address your concerns to the director of the Center for Disability
Services. Due to issues of confidentiality, the director may not be able to
disclose all information about the student. The director may arrange for a
meeting of the student, instructor and director to find an accommodation that
gives the student access to course material and makes the instructor
Students tell me they need to take
their tests in a location other than the classroom. Who is responsible to get
tests to this alternative location?
Due to issues of test integrity, most
instructors take tests to the alternative location. However, it is the
students' responsibility to address this issue with their instructors well in
advance of the first test. It is also the students' responsibility to remind
teachers before the test that they require certain accommodations. Students are
required to make test-taking arrangements with the CDS at least three days
before the test date. The CDS staff will return the test to your office.
Who assures test integrity?
The CDS follows the instructions of the
instructor in all test-taking situations. If members of the CDS staff become
aware that students are cheating, the instructors will be informed immediately.
What do I do if students become
disruptive in class?
Students who are disruptive are not
necessarily students with a disability. However, the existence of a disability
does not provide the right for the student to be disruptive. Treat a disruptive
disabled student as you would treat any disruptive student. Ask the student to
leave the room. If the student does not comply, the instructor should call the
Moraine Valley Police Department (5555).
What should I do if students have a
medical emergency (such as a seizure) in the classroom?
The instructor should notify the
Moraine Valley Police Department (5555).
How do I deal with deaf or hard of hearing students who come with an interpreter?
Offer students preferential seating;
students will need a space for the interpreter to sit facing them. When speaking
to students, direct all comments to them, not the interpreter. Wait a
second or two after using a visual aid before speaking about it. This gives deaf
students time to look at the visual and then back to the interpreter. Glance at
the interpreter occasionally for signs of fatigue; you may need to slow down.
When classmates ask questions, indicate who is speaking so deaf students can
follow the conversation.
A student with a disability is
failing my class. What should I do?
Students with disabilities have the
same right to fail classes as any other student. Do what you would normally do
with students without disabilities. The Center for Disability Services staff is
happy to send a representative to student conferences whenever needed. Do not
hesitate to call on us for this type of support.