Faculty, as well as staff and students with disabilities, have
different responsibilities in
the provision of classroom access.
Faculty Responsibilities For Classroom Access
When to Refer To DSS
- The student discloses a disability and asks for accommodations but does not have a “Verification
of Need for Disability Accommodations” on DSS letterhead.
- The student
appears to have a learning problem that can’t be explained by poor study habits, personal
problems or lack of effort.
When To Refer Elsewhere
- The student has a temporary medical condition ( i.e., broken arm or hand that interfers with
writing). Refer to the
Dean of Students for advice on how to assist
- The student asks for an accommodation because he/she is experiencing test anxiety. (Test anxiety
is not a disability.) Refer the student to the University Counseling Center for stress reduction
strategies and/or Student Success Center for test preparation strategies.
- The student runs out of time on tests because English is not his/her first language. Refer the
student to his/her advisor at the International Center.
Universal Instructional Design
- Often eliminates the need for accommodations.
- Guidance on how faculty can incorporate elements of Universal Design into the curriculum is available
on Blackboard. Click on UND courses
and search for CGO-UNIVERSAL-DESIGN in the course search box.
Teaching Students with Various Disabilities
Faculty is encouraged to consult with DSS regarding issues of disability access and accommodations.
Call 701-777-3425 to speak to a Disability Specialist.