Welcome to the Office of Disability Services’ Faculty Resources page. Please take a moment to learn about our services. This page will help answer your questions about the role of ODS and the services we provide for students with disabilities.
You are always welcome to contact us should you need further assistance.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What is the Disability Access Statement that I can add to my course syllabus?
Answer: “It is the policy of La Sierra University to accommodate students with disabilities. Any student with a documented disability who requires reasonable accommodations should contact Michelle G. Kamau, Director, Office of Disability Services at (951) 785-2453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Question: Can I require a student to register with ODS?
Answer: No. It is the student’s decision and responsibility to register with ODS. However, if the student discloses a disability or indicates that he/she suspects a disability, refer the student to ODS.
Question: What are note taker accommodations?
Answer: Due to a disability, some of the students may have difficulty taking notes in class. ODS provides note taker accommodation for the student to receive copies of someone else’s notes. The student must be present during class to receive the notes. It is not a substitution of attendance. The student may ask for your assistance in recruiting a note taker from the class. To ensure confidentiality of the disabled student, please be sure not to disclose the student's name when making the announcement. Once a note taker is identified, please refer him/her to ODS office for paper work.
Question: What if an instructor objects to the use of a recording device to record lectures?
Answer: Sometimes postsecondary instructors may not be familiar with Section 504 or ADA requirements regarding the use of an auxiliary or personal aid in their classrooms. Most often, questions arise when a student uses a tape recorder. College teachers may believe recording lectures is an infringement upon their own or other students' academic freedom, or constitutes copyright violation. The instructor may not forbid a student's use of an aid if that prohibition limits the student's participation in the school program. The Section 504 regulation states "A recipient may not impose upon handicapped students other rules, such as the prohibition of tape recorders in classrooms or of dog guides in campus buildings that have the effect of limiting the participation of handicapped students in the recipient's education program or activity. In order to allow a student with a disability the use of an effective aid and, at the same time, protect the instructor, the institution may require the student to sign an agreement so as not to infringe on a potential copyright or to limit freedom of speech".
Source taken from www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/auxaids.html
Question: Do I need to accommodate the student’s disability without any written verification from ODS?
Answer: No. The student will provide you with a letter of verification from ODS. The letter will explain the student’s affiliation with ODS and type of accommodations that were approved.