Accommodating Students with Disabilities | Stark Faculty Handbook | Kent State University

Accommodating Students with Disabilities

Student Accessibility Services (SAS), headed by the SAS Disability Coordinator, is in the Academic Success Center, lower level of the Campus Center (ph. 330-244-5047). The SAS Office accepts documentation presented by students to validate a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Once validated, accommodations plans are created through an interaction process with the student and the Disability Coordinator. Accommodation letters are then created outlining the approved accommodations. These letters are given by the student to the professor/instructor informing them of their approved accommodations. This interaction allows for an open dialogue between the student and professor as to how to implement the selected accommodations. Any questions regarding the proposed accommodations are to be directed to the SAS Coordinator. Accommodation letters are confidential and are not to be discussed with others. Faculty does not retain the right to review the student’s presented documentation and/or refuse or alter the designated accommodations.

Per a directive from the Associate Dean’s Office (12/6/06), which requires compliance with the “Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990,” this statement or a revision circulated by the Assistant/Associate Dean, must to be included on all course syllabi:

“University policy 3-01.3 requires that students with disabilities be provided reasonable accommodations to ensure their equal access to course content. If you have a documented disability and require accommodations, please contact the instructor at the beginning of the semester to make arrangements for necessary classroom adjustments. Please note, you must first verify your eligibility for these through Student Accessibility Services (contact 330-244-5047 or visit www.kent.edu/stark/student-accessibility-services for more information on registration procedures).”