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Faculty Resources

While Accessibility Services provides accommodations for students with disabilities, we know that faculty members are our strong partners in this process. If you have questions about a student's accommodations, please contact us to discuss your concerns and also view our Frequently Asked Questions from Faculty.

Accommodation Letters

Students must complete a Welcome Meeting with our office or a semester request in order for their accommodation letter to be sent to you. If a student requests accommodations from you without providing proper documentation (e.g., a doctor’s note instead of an official accommodation letter), encourage them to contact us to discuss the accommodations or services needed. Please be aware that accommodations do not apply retroactively.

Disability Disclosure

According to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1976 (FERPA), once a student is enrolled in a post-secondary institution, the student is the sole guardian of their records, including grades, transcripts, and records of interactions with Accessibility Services. Since a student’s contact with Accessibility Services remains private, professors will not know the nature of a student's disabilities. Accommodation letters do not include any details of the disability. The student may choose to share that information with their professors, but Accessibility Services will never release any information about a disability without the student’s written consent.

Resources for Students

If you provide a student with accommodations for a disability and they are still struggling in your course, you may refer them to our office or the Tutoring and Writing Center for further support.

If a student has been granted extended deadlines for assignments or leniency with attendance and exceeds those limits, you have the right to honor the course policies set forth in your syllabus. If you are concerned that granting accommodations to a student infringes on your course policies or course structure, please contact Accessibility Services discuss your concerns.

If you are concerned about the behavior or well-being of a student in your course, contact our office and/or Student and Family Care.

Creating an Inclusive Classroom

For more information on creating a classroom environment to include and support students with disabilities, browse the resources at the University of Washington's Faculty Room.

Thank you for making your classroom an accessible and welcoming space for all students to learn!