Q: What is a disability?
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, a disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Major life activities related to education include, but are not limited to, walking, sleeping, eating, learning, reading, writing, thinking, processing, hearing, and seeing.
Q: What is an accommodation?
An accommodation is an adjustment made to a policy and/or
academic environment to ensure students with temporary or permanent disabilities have access to course materials, instruction, information, equipment, programs, activities, and facilities.
Q: Who is responsible for determining appropriate accommodations at Salus University?
The Office for Academic Success (OAS) is the office on campus that determines appropriate accommodations. It is contrary to university policy for individual faculty members, programs, or departments to provide accommodations not approved by OAS.
Q: How are accommodations requested and decisions about accommodations made?
Students requesting accommodations are required to complete the “Initial Request for Accommodations” form and supporting documentation that meets the university’s documentation guidelines. The form and guidelines are available on MySalus. OAS bases decisions about accommodations on information submitted by individual students, program technical standards and essential requirements documents, interpretation of relevant law, university policies, and when appropriate, consultation with faculty.
Q: Are all students with disabilities approved for accommodations?
No, it is very likely that many students have chosen not to disclose their disability or disabilities to OAS. Others may have disclosed to OAS but chosen not to request accommodations. Finally, some students may have submitted a request for accommodations but not met the eligibility criteria for services.
Q: Are faculty required to lower the standards of a required assignment or examination because the student has a disability?
No. Reasonable accommodations are approved to ensure meaningful access to a student’s educational program. The goal is to give the student the same level of opportunity to be academically successful as a student without a disability. Accommodations are not designed to ensure success, only opportunity.
Q: If a student discloses a disability to a member of the faculty or staff, what should s/he do? A:
If a student discloses a disability to faculty or staff, it is their responsibility to
Q: Can faculty ask a student about their disability?
- speak to the student privately to ensure that they are aware that Salus University has an accommodations request process and that the process begins when the student contacts OAS or the Dean of Student Affairs
- document that you acknowledged the student’s disclosure and directed them to contact OAS by sending the student an email and copying OAS at email@example.com.
Asking a student whether they have a disability or seeking additional information about a disclosed disability is not permitted. It is an individual student’s choice whether to disclose the presence and/or nature of a disability. The faculty member’s responsibility is to inform the student that Salus University has an accommodations process, that contacting OAS is the first step in that process, and that OAS or the Dean of Student Affairs can answer any questions that the student may have regarding disability and accessibility.
Q: Are faculty required to make a statement about disabilities or provide information about accommodations to students at the start of each term?
The syllabus for every class at Salus University should include the university approved statement regarding ADA compliance, disabilities, and accommodations.
Q: How do faculty know the student has a disability and needs accommodations?
If accommodations have been approved by OAS, appropriate faculty will receive notice directly from OAS. Students are also emailed a copy of each notice. If a student reports that they have been approved for accommodations, but the professor of record for the course has not received notice from OAS, s/he should contact OAS immediately regardless of whether the student provides the professor with a copy of a notice. Accommodations should be provided only after the professor of record has received official notice of approval from OAS.
Q: If a student has been approved for accommodations, how do faculty know the specific accommodations to provide?
Each notice describes the specific accommodations approved for that student. If the professor of record has not received a notice for a specific student for a specific class, it is likely that no accommodations have been authorized.
Q: What types of accommodations may be approved for students with disabilities?
OAS classifies accommodations into three categories
Q: How are written examination accommodations provided at Salus University?
- Written exam accommodations
- Classroom and/or lab accommodations
- Clinical accommodations
The Academic Testing Service (ATS) schedules and administers written exams for students who have been approved for written examination accommodations by OAS. The ATS, like OAS, is a unit of the Office of Student Affairs, and is located in Suite W103. ATS administers exams in the testing center of the Learning Resource Center (LRC). The coordinator of ATS receives notice of approved written exam accommodations and will contact you to arrange to obtain a copy of each written exam to be administered with accommodations. After the exam administration, the completed exam will be returned to you for scoring.
Q: Who is responsible for providing written exams utilizing special formatting when approved as part of an accommodation?
If a modification to the standard format of the exam has been approved as an accommodation, for example use of an enlarged font, faculty are responsible for providing the properly formatted exam to ATS. If a faculty member needs assistance in preparing a written exam, s/he should contact their department or program office. ATS does not have the resources to prepare written examinations. If you have questions about the approved accommodations, contact OAS.
Q: Are written exams safe with ATS? Will ATS’ examination administration protect the integrity of the course?
ATS has developed secure procedures for getting exams from faculty and returning them once the student has taken the exam. While exams are in ATS custody, they are kept in a locked cabinet until administered. While students are taking the exam, they are supervised by proctors using live and video monitoring.
Q: What types of classroom/lab accommodations are available at Salus and who is responsible for providing approved classroom/lab accommodations?
Accommodations such as provision of handouts in enlarged font or of printed PowerPoint slides are provided by faculty. OAS will work arranges some types of accommodations, such as the use of specific equipment or assistive personnel or the provision of classroom/lab note takers. It is the responsibility of members of the faculty to actively participate as required to provide the accommodation and to promptly report problems to OAS.
Q: For the purposes of accommodations, are quizzes considered a written examination or a classroom activity?
Short quizzes administered during a portion of a regular class period are considered classroom/lab accommodations. Most students who are approved for additional time and/or private room written exam accommodations choose not to seek similar accommodations for classroom quizzes. However, it is possible that such accommodations for quizzes may be approved. If a student is approved for this type of accommodation, you will be notified. It is more likely that a student may be approved for a specific format for classroom quizzes, such as enlarged font or high contrast printing. Faculty are responsible for providing quizzes in the proper accommodated format.
Q: Are students entitled to a copy of faculty notes and overheads?
Faculty are required to provide notes, slides, overheads, etc. only if specifically listed as an approved accommodation in a student’s accommodation notice.
Q: May students be approved for accommodations in a clinical setting?
Yes. Although much less commonly requested and approved than classroom/lab or written exam accommodations, clinical accommodations may be approved when appropriate. Given the specialized nature of the courses of study at Salus, OAS consults with members of the faculty regarding the potential impact of accommodations in the clinical setting as part of the request review process.
Q: Is the presence of a service animal in the classroom, lab, or clinic a possible accommodation?
Service animals are not considered accommodations. Students are required to notify the university prior to bringing a service animal on campus and to document that the dog or miniature horse is healthy, licensed, and trained. However, the law protecting service animals and their handlers does not require students to request OAS approval. Additional information regarding service animals on campus is available in a separate OAS document and in published university policy.
Q: What recourse do faculty and students have if they disagree about requested and/or approved accommodations?
If you have any questions or concerns about a requested and/or approved accommodation, please contact OAS.