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 adjustments with your instructors and make a plan for how those adjustments will be implemented in your classes.

Consider taking these steps for a successful conversation:

Speak to Instructor
Speak to your instructors when the DSA is emailed
Introduce yourself
Introduce yourself

Start the conversation by stating your full name and name of the course/section that you’re in.

Maintain contact
Maintain contact

Meet with your instructor as needed throughout the term to make sure plans are clear.

Reference your DSA
Reference your DSA

State that you are registered with the Disability Services Office and your DSA was emailed to your instructor. You would like to discuss your academic adjustments.

Use office hours.
Use office hours

This makes for a more private and personal conversation.

Ask specific questions
Ask specific questions

Ask about the format of the class to determine whether or not your adjustments are applicable.

Make plans
Make plans

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 adjustments 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?