Faculty Resources

Rights and Responsibilities
Testing Center
Syllabus Statement
Universal Design for Learning

Rights and Responsibilities

Faculty Rights

Faculty members have the right to:

  • Maintain academic standards for courses
  • Confirm a student’s request for accommodations and ask for clarification about a specific accommodation with the Office of Accessibility Services
  • Deny a request for accommodation if the student has not been approved for such accommodation
  • Award grades appropriate to the level of the student’s demonstration of mastery of material
  • Fail a student who does not perform to passing standards

Faculty members do not have the right to:

  • Refuse to provide an approved accommodation for a documented disability
  • Challenge the legitimacy of a student’s disability
  • Review a student’s documentation, including diagnostic data

Faculty Responsibilities

Faculty members have the responsibility to:

  • Understand the U.S. laws and the university’s guidelines regarding students with disabilities (for further information regarding compliance with government regulations, click here).
  • Refer students to the Office of Accessibility Services when necessary
  • Provide requested accommodations and academic adjustments to students who have documented disabilities in a timely manner
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality of records concerning students with disabilities except when disclosure is required by law or authorized by the student
  • Provide handouts, videotapes and other course materials in accessible formats upon request
  • Evaluate students based on their abilities rather than their disabilitiesBottom of Form

Testing Center

Testing Procedures for Professors

Students are responsible for contacting their professor one week prior to the scheduled exam to request a copy of the exam to be submitted to the OAS. Professors must submit the exam to the Office of Accessibility Services before the scheduled exam time. There are two ways professors can submit an exam:

  1. Email the exam to ds-proctoring@saintleo.edu along with a completed Testing Center Checklist.
  2. Bring a hard copy of the exam to Kirk Hall Room 120 and enclose it in a testing envelope.

Testing Checklist

Instructors should always include a Testing Center Checklist with each exam to inform the OAS of any special instructions for the exam (i.e. “may use class notes”) and to clarify delivery preference. Alternatively, if the test is being dropped off to the OAS in person, professors may specify any special instructions on the testing envelope.  If a Testing Center Checklist or Testing Envelope is not included with the exam and specific directions are not given on the exam, the student may be allowed to use aids at their own discretion. When this situation occurs, the exam will be returned with a note attached indicating which testing aids were permitted.

Student Rules & Responsibilities for Testing

Please note that students who do not sign up for their test at least 48 hours in advance will not be able to test in the Testing Center.


Syllabus Statement

Please copy and paste the following statement to your syllabus:

"Students with learning differences, who may need accommodation, should contact the Director of the Office of Accessibility Services (room 121, Kirk Hall, first floor) at (352) 588-8464 or adaoffice@saintleo.edu."

Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a standard that refers to the design of products and environments. To comply with this standard, a product or environment must be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. The intention of UDL is to simplify every-day activities for everyone by making products, communications, and built environments more usable at little or no extra cost. Universal Design for Learning benefits people of all ages and abilities.

Examples of UDL in the Classroom

  • Making book lists and syllabi available prior to the beginning of the term
  • Making appropriate seating arrangements
  • Speaking only when directly facing the class
  • Providing Power Points and lecture notes
  • Providing printed or Web-based materials that summarize content that is delivered orally
  • Using captioned videotapes
  • Assuring that all classrooms, labs and fieldwork are in locations accessible to individuals with a wide range of physical abilities and disabilities
  • Using accessible web pages
  • Providing multiple ways for students to obtain and demonstrate knowledge


What are the rights and responsibilities of an instructor when working with students with learning differences?

An instructor has the right to confirm a student’s request for accommodations and to ask for clarification about a specific accommodation with the OAS. Instructors do not have the right to refuse to provide an accommodation or to review a student’s documentation including diagnostic data. Instructors have a responsibility to work with the OAS in providing reasonable accommodations, to keep all records and communications with students confidential, and to refer a student to the OAS who requests accommodations but is not currently registered. Instructors do not have to provide accommodations for students not registered with the OAS.

Why does an instructor have the responsibility to provide reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities?

An instructor has the responsibility for making reasonable accommodations available to students because accommodations make it possible for a student with a learning difference to overcome barriers; this enables the student to communicate what he or she knows, much in the same way that glasses do not strengthen vision but help a person to see. For more information on the legal obligations of providing reasonable accommodations, go to the Americans with Disabilities Act website.

How are appropriate accommodations for a student determined?

To determine appropriate accommodations for a student, the student must submit acceptable documentation to the OAS, where the information is reviewed and appropriate accommodations are determined. The accommodations are based upon the student’s substantial limitations and the essential elements of the course.

If an instructor feels that a particular student may have a substantially limiting disability, where should he or she refer the student?

If an instructor feels that a particular student may have a substantially limiting disability, he or she should refer the student to the OAS. Do not ask if the student has a disability, label him/her with a specific disability, or express any thoughts or feelings of the student being incapable or inferior.

For more information on providing accommodations, see our guide  Faculty and Staff Guide to Reasonable Accommodation