What are accommodations?
A wide range of accommodations and services are provided to students with documented disabilities. A student with a disability is any student who has an impairment that substantially limits a major activity such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, hearing, speaking, breathing, walking, seeing, learning, or working. Students with temporary disabilities (ex. limited mobility due to broken limb) may also qualify for accommodations.
Please review the Accommodations webpage for more information, including common accommodations that students are given.
What are the responsibilities of faculty?
Accessibility Services works with the faculty regarding the provision of the accommodations to ensure access throughout the campus for students who have a disability.
Faculty members are required to implement accommodations for students registered with the Accessibility Services office. However, the accommodations should not compromise the academic quality of the course. If a faculty member disagrees with an accommodation or has questions about implementing it, they are encouraged to discuss their concern with the staff at the Accessibility Services office to ensure academic rigor is maintained.
It is the responsibility of the faculty member to ensure the student's confidentiality. Faculty should refrain from discussing a student’s issues regarding disabilities and accommodations in front of the class, in the presence of other students, or to faculty or staff not directly involved in the accommodation process.
There may be times when students approach faculty requesting accommodations directly. In these instances, faculty members should direct the student to the Accessibility Services office. Faculty are not required to provide accommodations to students until they receive a letter of accommodation or direct communication from the Accessibility Services office.
As an instructor, it is important to consider accessibility when creating materials for the online environment. All content going into the LCSC Learning Management System needs to be accessible in order to meet our students' needs and to comply with federal regulations. The best time to implement strategies for accessibility is during the creation process, and there are many resources available to instructors for learning how to create accessible content. In addition, Accessibility Services recognizes that most instructors have been teaching online courses for many years with content that is currently not accessible. Information is available through e-Learning Services regarding updating existing course content to meet accessibility requirements. Federal regulations require us as an institution to be proactive about updating course content to be accessible, rather than waiting until a student who requires accommodation enrolls in our online courses.
Please visit the e-Learning Services webpage to learn more about creating and updating your course content to meet accessibility requirements.