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It is important that faculty include in each syllabus a statement asking students to provide them with their Accommodation Determination Letter (ADL) to ensure that those needs are met in a timely manner. A further recommendation is that the statement be read aloud by the faculty member during the first week of class. This approach demonstrates to students that their instructor is sensitive to and concerned about meeting the needs of all students. Furthermore, the syllabus statement affords students the opportunity to make their accommodation needs known to faculty early in the quarter.
Sample Syllabus Statements
Short version: Accommodations: If you require an accommodation or classroom modification of any kind, Student Disability Services (SDS)approval and timely notifications are required in order to ensure your accommodations are implemented. Please meet with me to discuss your need for accommodations in this class after you have followed the SDS procedures for requesting accommodations.
Long version: The University of Chicago is committed to ensuring equitable access to our academic programs. If you have a documented disability (or think you may have a disability) and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this class, please contact Student Disability Services (SDS) as soon as possible. To receive reasonable accommodations, you must follow the SDS procedures and follow up with me to discuss your access needs in this course in a timely manner. SDS is located at 5501 S. Ellis. Contact information: phone: 773-702-6000 email: firstname.lastname@example.org