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Guidelines for Instructors of Students with Disabilities

1. Appropriate and reasonable accommodations are best determined through an interactive process that most often includes the student with the disability and the Center for Academic Support Services (CASS) staff. Occasionally faculty or staff members will be asked to join in the discussion as the situation warrants.

2. Please refer students who identify themselves as students with disabilities to CASS and feel free to call to discuss any questions or concerns (McGregor Hall 209, ext. 3303).

3. Information is sent to faculty only at the request of a student. Even if a student has documented a disability, the student must provide a letter of accommodation (VISA) for your class from CASS or request that CASS provide the letter within two weeks of each term in order to be eligible for accommodations. Students are not eligible for accommodations until the letter is provided.

4. CASS is responsible for determining which students are eligible as students with disabilities.

5. It is required by the Curriculum Committee that you include a statement in your syllabus that encourages students with disabilities to use the process. Please see the Syllabus Template that can be found on the Office of Academic Affairs page on Antioch College’s website. This ensures that we are providing students with effective notice of the availability of reasonable accommodations.

6. If a student requires an accommodation in your classroom, CASS will provide a letter for the student to present to you. That document will detail the accommodations to which the student is entitled. Accommodations should not alter the fundamental nature of the program of study. If you are concerned that an accommodation will fundamentally alter the nature of your course, please contact CASS.

7. Although accommodations are non-negotiable, details about how the accommodations will be provided are generally arranged between the faculty member and the student. If you need assistance arranging appropriate accommodations, please contact CASS.

8. Confidentiality: Absolute confidentiality is essential. Please do not make any reference to a student’s disability in class or in front of other students, faculty, or staff members. The student may opt to tell you about their disability, and you are free to ask for details about the ways that the disability impacts the class performance and learning once the student has disclosed to you.

Please contact Elecia Harvey-Spain at or 937-319-0093 with questions.