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Faculty Responsibilities

Beloit College faculty members, in order to facilitate access and inclusion of students with disabilities will:

  1. Establish the essential functions, abilities, skills, knowledge and standards on which students will be evaluated for each course, program/major and student employment positions.
  2. Use Universal Design methods for courses, materials and activities to enable all students to equitably access their education and demonstrate their knowledge.
  3. Plan activities (e.g. field trips, excursions, workshops, symposiums) in which the location/facilities and transportation to and from the activity is accessible to all students in the course and other access (e.g. captioning) is provided.
  4. Keep confidential the disability status of students.
  5. Confirm disability status before providing disability related accommodations. (The student is to provide an Accommodation Verification Letter produced by the Learning Enrichment and Disability Services Director to receive classroom accommodations.)
  6. Implement accommodations as requested, when requested even if seeking an adjustment to the accommodation.
  7. Not retroactively grant accommodations or leniency requests.
  8. Assist in the implementation of accommodations when appropriate (e.g. recruiting a note taker in a class).
  9. Confer with the Director if an accommodation seems unreasonable and/or imposes a fundamental alteration of a program or activity of the College.
  10. When seeking an adjustment to the accommodation, immediately consult with the student seeking accommodations and the Director to select among equally effective academic accommodations, adjustments and/or auxiliary aids to provide equal access.
  11. Be mindful that delays in the negotiations or the implementation of accommodations can be construed as a form of discrimination against the student.
  12. Refer students to Learning Enrichment and Disability Services when appropriate. Most faculty include a statement (provided by the Office) on their syllabi to aid in this process.
  13. Maintain appropriate standards of behavior for students (particularly in the classroom).  If a student (with or without a disability) is disruptive or violates code of conduct expectations, communicate with the Dean of Students office, Learning Enrichment Disability Services or Residential Life – Judicial for assistance or to report the behavior.

Please see the Faculty & Staff Section for additional information.