Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, universities are responsible for making all courses, programs and activities accessible to all students, including students with disabilities.

At UAB, it is the responsibility of faculty, staff and the Disability Support Services (DSS) office to collaborate in order to appropriately accommodate students.

Faculty Responsibility

While DSS exists to determine student eligibility, determine reasonable accommodations, prevent discrimination and serve as a resource for faculty, it is often faculty who provide direct service to students with disabilities. You are often the one providing accommodations such as testing, materials in accessible format, etc.

How Students Request Accommodations for Class

After following the procedures to become registered with DSS, students must do the following each semester:

  • Electronically send accommodation notices to faculty via the DSS Student Portal
  • Arrange a time to meet with each instructor in order to discuss accommodations

ALL STUDENTS ARE INSTRUCTED BY DSS TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TO DISCUSS ACCOMMODATIONS WITH THEIR INSTRUCTOR. THIS DOES NOT ALWAYS HAPPEN. YOU MAY NEED TO PROMPT THE STUDENT TO SCHEDULE A MEETING IN ORDER TO DISCUSS ACCOMMODATIONS.

NOTE: Students send you an accommodation notice from DSS in order to be eligible for accommodations. If a student wishes to request accommodations in your class, you will receive notification via email.

Examples of Accommodations

  • Testing accommodations (extended time, reduced distraction testing)
  • Peer notetaker (a peer is paid by DSS to take notes for the DSS student)
  • Reasonable number of disability-related absences (see pg. 23 &24 of the Faculty Handbook)

Sample Syllabus Statement

DSS recommends that all professors include a statement in your syllabus, here is an example:

"Students who may need course accommodations are welcome to make an appointment to see me during office hours. Students with disabilities must be registered with Disability Support Services and a DSS accommodation letter must be received before receiving academic adjustments.”