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Below, faculty can find basic information about the procedure for students seeking accommodations. By reading through this page, faculty will gain a further understanding about what they are responsible for and what the students are responsible for.

   Disability Etiquette


Notification

To notify each faculty member about accommodations that students have requested for their course, we send them an official memo through e-mail. View a sample memo. Furthermore, you can access the UNM Faculty Handbook.

Faculty Responsibility

  • Being open to accommodating students
  • Providing program access
  • Meeting with students to discuss their needs
  • Implementing reasonable accommodations
  • Maintaining confidentiality

All faculty members are obligated to help provide accommodations as described in each accommodation letter. Any questions regarding an accommodation, or concerns about an accommodation fundamentally altering the academic curriculum, should be discussed with the student and disability specialist. All parties will engage in an interactive process to determine if a request is reasonable and ensure that equal access is maintained.

Please read the Division for Equity & Inclusion guidelines on disability etiquette.

Read more about faculty responsibilities & procedures.

Course Syllabi

Every instructor should include an official statement in their course syllabus. The suggested syllabus statement should include the following text:

"In accordance with University Policy 2310 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), academic accommodations may be made for any student who notifies the instructor of the need for an accommodation. It is imperative that you take the initiative to bring such needs to the instructor’s attention, as I am not legally permitted to inquire. Students who may require assistance in emergency evacuations should contact the instructor as to the most appropriate procedures to follow. Contact Accessibility Resource Center at 277-3506 for additional information.

"If you need an accommodation based on how course requirement interact with the impact of a disability, you should contact me to arrange an appointment as soon as possible. At the appointment we can discuss the course format and requirements, anticipate the need for adjustments and explore potential accommodations. I rely on the Disability Services Office for assistance in developing strategies and verifying accommodation needs. If you have not previously contacted them I encourage you to do so."

The Accommodation Process

Students with disabilities meet with Accessibility Resource Center staff confidentially as a first step in arranging accommodations. The staff verifies the disability and determines how the disability affects academic work. This is accomplished through discussion with the student and a review of documentation.

After the disability and its functional limitations are verified, the student is provided information about the various reasonable accommodations that address the student's disability. The student then chooses the reasonable accommodations that best apply in a given course or semester.

  • Students indicate the need for accommodation letters through submission of course schedule each semester to the department.
  • Accommodation letters are sent through campus mail to each requested faculty member appearing on the student semester schedule.
  • Faculty are informed of the presence of a signed language interpreter or special accommodations in the classroom prior to the start of the semester.
  • When faculty/staff have been notified, additional clarification and discussion may occur.

Universal Design for Learning

According to the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), “Universal design for learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn."  To learn more about UDL, visit the following websites: