FRC faculty are an integral part of this institution's efforts to comply with equal access legislation. It is the responsibility of the academic department and its faculty to make sure that each academic program is accessible to students with disabilities. Instructors are not expected to compromise the academic credibility of their courses if the student fails to demonstrate the minimum required level of understanding and competence, but they are responsible for working with students with disabilities in an effort to meet individual learning needs and for implementing the individualized accommodations authorized/requested by DSPS.
One way to ensure that appropriate accommodations are being rendered to the student is for the instructor to speak with the student about their needs. Two students with an identical disability may not have the same needs. The most successful academic adjustments are typically mutually determined by the student and the instructor. On the first day of class, instructors are asked to announce that students who need disability accommodations contact them during office hours or after class, or that they contact DSPS directly for additional information. Instructors are also asked to print this information as a part of their course syllabi. In so doing, students with disabilities are encouraged to communicate their academic accommodation needs early in the semester.
Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), students with disabilities have the right to privacy with regard to their disabilities. Faculty and staff should refrain from discussing their students' disabilities or accommodations around others.
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