A notification letter is the official communication to faculty that outlines the appropriate LSS approved accommodations that have been established for an individual student. Students are responsible for initiating a letter each semester for each class in which they intend to use accommodations. Professors are responsible for making necessary academic adjustments to ensure the accommodations listed on the letter can be implemented for a given class. Any "denial of accommodation" or concerns about accommodation implementation must be specifically discussed with LSS.
Professors should only implement accommodations for classes in which they have a received a notification letter. Students who are not currently approved for accommodations that intend to access services should be referred to LSS. The Accessing Accommodations page can be a helpful resource for students.
Notification letters will be sent via email from LSS when requested by the eligible student. A Sample Letter is available for review. The sample letter includes a few of the more commonly utilized accommodations but is not a comprehensive list of potential accommodations.
Students are expected to communicate with their instructors regarding their usage of accommodations in a timely fashion to ensure all logistical details are in place. However, lack of timely communication is not a reason alone to deny an accommodation request. There are also many student situations including new or episodic disability experiences that may result in students requesting accommodations at a later point in the semester.
Professors can use the discussion of the notification letter as an opportunity to collaborate with the student to ensure all accommodations needs are being met. A student's registration status with LSS, usage of accommodations, or disability information that they choose to disclose should be treated as strictly confidential. Many students may choose not to disclose information about their disability.
Professors will be asked to provide information about exam delivery and return methods, materials allowed, and other testing procedures for students who qualify for testing accommodation. This information allows LSS to proctor exams with the same parameters that are implemented in the classroom. In most cases, students will be entering the contract information online in consultation with the professor. A printed version of the testing contact is also available. Once the testing contract information has been submitted online, professors will be able to confirm the contract to ensure all of the information is accurate.Testing contracts only need to be filled out for classes in which LSS will be proctoring the exams. Exams proctored by professors in-person or online do not require a separate LSS contract.
Please do not hesitate to contact LSS if you have any questions related to accommodations, or best practices related to accessibility and inclusion for students with disabilities.
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