New Faculty Accommodation Policy Adopted

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New  Accommodation Policy and Procedures for Faculty.

Please attach to all syllabi

Dear Student,

The instructor of record for this course, Dr. [name] has received the diagnosis of [disorder, disease or complex] from a board-certified psychologist or medical professional with qualifications in [specialty]. Please make every effort to allow the faculty the  accommodations listed below in [name of course].

  • Lectures may veer off topic at random. Please remember that the faculty member may have a condition which makes concentrated effort and focus difficult.
  • During class discussions, the instructor may lose track of the thread of the discussion. Keep comments brief, and repeat the main points at least one time.
  • The return of written work may be delayed. Extended time must be granted for grading.  Grading may be done in a low distraction, off-campus environment.
  • To expedite the grading of written work, write in a clear fashion using easily identified topic sentences for each paragraph. Errors in grammar, syntax, or facts may make it difficult for the instructor to maintain interest and focus and may result in additional delays.
  •  Please retain an electronic version of all work submitted as the faculty member may misplace, lose, or inadvertently destroy your work.
  • Syllabus structure may be erratic and disjointed. Please allow your instructor time during the semester to correct any discordance between student learning outcomes and the class material. Assignment due dates may change at any time. Days of the week and numeric dates may not align on the syllabus.
  • Periodically, your instructor may lose interest in class discussion. Where appropriate, find ways to render the information more accessible or interesting.
  • Your instructor may forget to attend class. Please excuse up to 2 weeks of unexplained absences.
  • The instructor’s flexible attendance accommodation requires that s/he make all reasonable efforts to communicate with you and keep up with the assigned material. If the instructor has condition that renders consistent and clear communication difficult, this requirement will be null and void.
  • Your instructor may have assigned more reading than he/she can reasonably expect to finish in the allotted amount of time.
  • Advising may be compromised. Always double check any advice concerning courses needed to graduate on time, etc.
  • Your instructor may be more visually oriented, and may need to use the chalk or white board to express ideas that cannot be rendered effectively through verbal communication. Students should be prepared to carefully reproduce these visualizations.
  • Although visually oriented, your professor may have difficulty distinguishing faces of individual students. When speaking with the instructor, please identify yourself in a loud and clear voice. A name tag may facilitate smoother one-on-one interactions.
  • Your instructor may have difficulty keeping his/her designated office hours.
  • A high volume of emails may be overwhelming for your instructor. Please allow extra time when attempting to schedule a face-to-face meeting or when awaiting a response from electronic communications.
  • Your instructor’s condition may make it difficult for him/her to maintain an orderly office space. For this reason, you may need to stay out in the hall while speaking with your instructor, but please keep your voice low so as to not disturb occupants of nearby offices.
  • Please respect any special dietary needs that your instructor may have. In some cases, this may require your instructor to take short breaks during class-time to have a snack.
  • Certain medical conditions may require your instructor to vacate the classroom for periods of five to ten minutes.
  • Your instructor may find that certain symptoms are diminished by the presence of a beloved pet. Please do not approach the pet as s/he  may not be a certified service animal and may be aggressive to strangers. Your instructor may need additional time to set up a kitty litter receptacle, a scratch post, or other items necessary for the sanitation and safety of the service animal.
  • During the semester that ____________ is your instructor, he or she may be battling addictions for which cigarettes offer a calming effect. Your instructor may be given permission to smoke in the classroom or in the office.
  • Sensitivity to chemicals found in certain scents, perfumes, after-shaves, deodorants, mouth-washes, smoke products, shampoos, conditioners, etc. may have counter-indications with the instructor’s health and well-being and should be avoided.
  • Please turn off your cell phone when entering class. Cell phones can cause distractions in the classroom and the instructor may be awaiting medically important calls during class-time.
  • In the event that your instructor must take a brief leave of absence from teaching responsibilities to attend meditation workshops, intensive deep body tissue massage, or other therapeutic interventions, you may be asked to house and pet-sit to fulfill some portion of the course requirements. Although this is not required of you, it would be greatly appreciated by the instructor.

4 thoughts on “New Faculty Accommodation Policy Adopted

  1. Raymond B. Craib

    now THAT is a wonderful step in the right direction! ray

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. Willard College will be hearing from lawyers at Trinity College (Hartford) which made faculty accommodation chic. Some 12 years ago, a faculty member there won tenure after a hard fight — and no book or significant publications. How? He successfully claimed he had ADHD and could not sit still at his computer to write.

    Even before that, in the 1980s, at Toronto’s Ryerson Polytechnic Institute (now promoted to Ryerson University), a faculty member refused a cataract operation on religious grounds. Ryerson accommodated the needlessly blind and religiously convicted colleague to the point where it sent somebody to his classes to READ our protagonist’s yellowing, never-to-be updated lecture notes.

    • We have found that lawsuits help to build college national profile and tend to result in upturns in enrollments, which over the past several years have been rather flaccid.

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