Instructor Responsibilities and Rights
Instructors play a vital role in the success of students with disabilities; therefore part of the role of Disability Services is to support instructors as well as students.
Responsibilities of the Instructor
- When a student give you a Letter of Accommodation, you are responsible for providing the listed accommodations.
- Please include the following statement in your syllabus: "Fort Lewis College is committed to providing all students a liberal arts education through a personalized learning environment. If you have a documented disability which will need reasonable academic accommodations, please call Dian Jenkins, Director of Disability Services, 280 Noble Hall, (970) 247-7459, for an appointment as soon as possible."
- It is not appropriate to harshly grade students with disabilities. The use of accommodations allows them to demonstrate their abilities, not their disabilities.
- Refrain from discussing a student's disability and necessary accommodations in the vicinity of fellow students or others who have no educational “need to know.” Students have a right to privacy in disability-related matters and confidentiality must be maintained.
- Some students may utilize the Testing Center as part of their academic accommodations.
- You are not required to alter the curriculum and/or give passing grades to students who failed to demonstrate the required level of understanding or performance competency.
- You have the right to hold students with disabilities to the same standards as students without disabilities.
- You have the right to ask for clarification or support from Disability Services as necessary.