• Office of Disability Services

  • Faculty

    The Office of Disability Services values the input of the Yeshiva University faculty members and shares their concern about maintaining academic standards and integrity as we educate our students. ODS determines reasonable accommodations that are then submitted to you by the student. The accommodations are based on a careful review of disability-related documentation submitted by students, who self- identify as having a disability.

    Students receiving accommodations are expected to meet the same academic standards as their non-disabled peers. The goal of the accommodations is to level the playing field for students with disabilities, and afford them equal access to obtaining the information being taught and demonstrating their knowledge of said information.

    ODS collaborates with faculty members and staff to best meet the needs of our students and encourages faculty members to create an environment that fosters education and growth for all kinds of learners.

  • Faculty Responsibilities

    As is expected with all of our students at Yeshiva University, faculty members will evaluate a student with a disability based upon his/her academic performance. Faculty are encouraged to provide educational equality in their teaching styles and foster an educational environment that meets the diverse needs of students who may learn differently. Faculty members may collaborate with ODS and a student with a disability in an effort to best meet the needs of the student and to ensure the provision of reasonable accommodations throughout the semester.

    Accommodations
    •  Insert ODS Statement in your syllabi each semester.  
      •  “Students with disabilities who are enrolled in this course and who will be requesting documented disability-related accommodations should make an appointment with the Office of Disability Services during the first week of class.  Once you have been approved for accommodations, contact me to ensure the successful implementation of those accommodations.”  
       
    • Students must submit a current accommodation letter from ODS for each course.
    • Review ODS accommodation letter with student.
    • Discuss options to accommodate student's testing needs which may include addressing issues related to extended time or testing in a reduced distraction location.
    • Contact the Office of Disability Services to resolve any questions about classroom or testing accommodations.
     
     
    Faculty Procedures for Arranging Testing Accommodations

    Faculty members can ensure that a student with a disability is afforded an equal opportunity with regard to exam administration by providing testing accommodations such as extended time, a location with reduced distraction, and the use of a laptop when these types of accommodations are indicated on a student's accommodation letter.
    • Students with disabilities are expected to take their exams in the classroom with the professor proctoring for the full duration of the exam, including extended time (unless otherwise noted on their Request for Accommodation Forms).
    • If you find yourself in an acute situation that prevents you from administering the extended time accommodation, please contact our office as soon as possible so that we may collaboratively explore other options.
    • To accommodate students who are entitled to a Reduced Distraction Location for your exam, Faculty should please provide ODS with advance notice of at least ONE WEEK and submit the Exam in a Reduced Distraction Location form to ensure that ODS can provide the accommodation.
    You are under no obligation to provide accommodation to any student who has not presented you with an Accommodation Letter from the Office of Disability Services.
     
    Faculty Training Opportunities

    The DO-IT Center, housed at the University of Washington, promotes the success of individuals with disabilities in post-secondary education and careers, using technology as an empowering tool. The Faculty Room is a space for faculty and administrators at post-secondary institutions to learn about how to create classroom environments and academic activities that maximize the learning of all students, including those with disabilities. Feel free to visit the Faculty Room at http://www.washington.edu/doit/Faculty.

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