FAQ's For Faculty
What is a reasonable accommodation?
How does Disabilities Services determine the "Reasonable" accommodation(s) to be provided?
How do I know if a student really has a disability?
How do I know when I am providing "accommodations" or when I am over accommodating or going too far?
Once a student discloses a psychiatric disability, what kind of information do I need and how can I get it?
Why are some students diagnosed after they enroll at FSU?
Do I need to modify my typical grading process for someone with a disability?
Rights and Responsibilities
How do I know if an academic adjustment request is unreasonable?
What are the rights and responsibilities of a student with a disability?
What are the rights and responsibilities of an instructor when working with students with disabilities?
Why does an instructor have the responsibility to make reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities?
Who else in the school can I tell about the student's disability and under what circumstances?
Can I tell the other professors/instructors about a student and look to them for suggestions?
Can I ask students for specific information about the nature of their disabilities?
What if a student with a disability is disruptive or acts inappropriately in class?
Options Regarding Poor Classroom Performance
How do I set limits or tell a student they are performing poorly in the class without upsetting the person or violating the law?
If someone cannot do the classwork, no matter what adjustments I provide, can I give the student a failing grade?
What if a student with a disability is failing?
May I flunk a student with a disability?
What do I do if a student's performance indicates the possibility of an undiagnosed disability?
What is a learning disability?
What are the diagnostic criteria for a learning disability?
What are the documentation criteria for a learning disability?
Doesn't everyone have a learning impairment?
Do I have to give students with learning disabilities ANY accommodation they ask for in my class?
Do accommodations give students with learning disabilities an unfair advantage?
Can I require a student with a learning disability to do something in my class that I require all other students to do?
Should I require students with learning disabilities to identify themselves to me at the beginning of the term to receive accommodations?
Disabilities Services Procedures
Where can I get forms and publications provided by the Disabilities Services office?
What do I do when I receive a Faculty Referral letter?
What do I do if a student approaches me disclosing they have a disability, but he/she does not have an Instructor Notification letter?
Suppose a student with a disability tells me he/she does not want to use services through Disabilities Services, but insists they need accommodations?
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