Western Kentucky University

Faculty Information

Faculty Information

Faculty Responsibilities

When serving students with disabilities, faculty members have specific responsibilities:

  • Faculty members are responsible for providing approved accommodations for eligible students. Students will present faculty with Letters of Accommodation that the faculty must sign and return to the student. SDS staff is available for consultation about appropriate levels of accommodation and available support resources.
  • Faculty members are encouraged to work directly with students to provide testing accommodations, but the instructor and student may prefer that the student takes exams through SDS. Please follow the Testing Guidelines and Procedures when arranging exam accommodations.
  • Faculty are responsible for referring students with disabilities to Student Disability Services and are strongly encouraged to include the following statement on the course syllabus:
    “In compliance with university policy, students with disabilities who require academic and/or auxiliary accommodations for this course must contact Student Disability Services in Downing University Center, A-200. The phone number is 270-745-5004. Please DO NOT request accommodations directly from the professor or instructor without a letter of accommodation from Student Disability Services.”
  • Faculty members traveling abroad are encouraged to have the following statement on their course syllabus:
    “Students registered with the SDS Office are accommodated with their Study Abroad class until departure from Bowling Green. Students and leaders of study abroad courses are advised that the American Disabilities Act applies to students within the United States. Accommodations and accessibility may be much different outside the United States and should be investigated by students and professors before enrolling in the course.”
  • Student disability information must be kept confidential. At no time should the class be informed that a student has a disability, unless at the student's request. Any information that a student gives to the faculty member is to be used only for arranging accommodations for the course of study and may not be disclosed.
  • Faculty members are encouraged to consult with SDS staff as questions and concerns arise regarding approved accommodations for each student.

Faculty Resources

SDS encourages faculty to take advantage of the following resources to better prepare themselves to work with students with disabilities:

  • Advising Students with Disabilities (.pdf), Dr. Ellen W. Bonaguro & Mary Lloyd Moore. Campus Advising Network Presentation. April 14, 2010
  • The University of Washington’s DO-IT (Disabilities,Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Project created THE FACULTY ROOM website. This extensive site includes accommodation strategies, faculty resources, and more to assist in making classroom environments accessible for students with disabilities.
 Last Modified 7/19/13