To protect the safety of our staff, students, and faculty, the Disability Services Office staff are working remotely and will not be in the office until further notice. We will be available virtually each weekday between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Please contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out directly to a member of our staff.
For more information regarding critical accessibility considerations for students and faculty in the transition to alternative modes of course delivery, visit our COVID-19 and Accessibility FAQs.
Talk to Your Instructors About Your Academic Accommodations
Talk to Instructors
Your Disability Services Agreement (DSA) will be emailed to your instructors; you will be copied. It is very important that you discuss your academic accommodations with your instructors and make a plan for how those accommodations will be implemented in your classes.
Consider taking these steps for a successful conversation:
Speak to your instructors when the DSA is emailed
Start the conversation by stating your full name and name of the course/section that you’re in.
Meet with your instructor as needed throughout the term to make sure plans are clear.
Reference your DSA
State that you are registered with the Disability Services Office and your DSA was emailed to your instructor. Clarify that you would like to discuss your academic accommodations.
Use office hours
This makes for a more private and personal conversation.
Ask specific questions
Ask about the format of the class to determine whether or not your adjustments are applicable.
Make specific plans with your instructor about how you will manage your adjustments in their class. For example: for test-related adjustments, discuss where you will take the test. If using the test center, discuss when to provide the test envelope to the instructor.
Some students find it helpful to have a script prepared for their first instructor meeting. Use the script right as a basic guide or write your own. Let us know if you need help preparing a script or speaking with your instructors.
“Hello Prof. xxxxxxx, my name is xxxxxxxxx and I’m in section 2 of your Calculus A class. The Disability Services Office sent you an email which contained my Disability Services Agreement. I’d like to talk to you about my accommodations and make some plans for the semester. I think I will need (extended test time) in your class. How can we make arrangements for that?