As a faculty member you are not under any obligation to provide a student with accommodations without verification from DSS that the student has registered with us and has a documented disability.
Students who have registered with us will present a letter to you that describes the accommodations they are eligible to receive for the semester. Students are expected to give you the letter at the beginning of the semester and are asked to work with you to implement their accommodations.
Please include this statement as part of your course syllabi:
Any student who may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) to inquire about the documentation necessary to establish eligibility, and to coordinate a plan of reasonable and appropriate accommodations. DSS is located in Rome Hall, Suite 102. For additional information, please call DSS at 202-994-8250, or consult www.disabilitysupport.gwu.edu.
If you need assistance designing and developing an accessible syllabus, please refer to Equity and Excellence in Higher Education’s tips for applying universal course design strategies to your syllabus.
Respectful Disability Language
The appropriate use of language is crucial for establishing an inclusive, democratic classroom environment that equally respects all students. If you need guidance, please refer to:
- Syracuse University’s Introductory Guide to Disability Language and Empowerment
- ADA National Network's Guidelines for Writing about People with Disabilities
- Mobility International USA’s tips for being direct