Faculty Responsibilities in Insuring Equitable Access

Binghamton University has a legal and ethical responsibility to ensure the provision of appropriate auxiliary aids, services and accommodations that afford enrolled students with disabilities equal access to, and participation in, all institutional programs and activities. The goal of academic accommodation is to facilitate equitable access to course-related activities and ensure that evaluations measure student achievement rather than unnecessarily reflecting the impact of a disability.

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) is the campus office responsible for determining and authorizing appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities and consultation with faculty is sought in advance whenever potential conflicts with fundamental course requirements are anticipated.

  • All Academic Accommodation Authorizations are individualized to the student.
  • Appropriate accommodations are designed to establish an equitable playing field for students with and without disabilities within the parameters of established academic standards.
  • Academic Accommodation Authorization memos developed always include an invitation for faculty input to insure that finalized accommodations support the fundamental goals and requirements of the course.

Students seeking accommodations in academic courses must provide SSD with necessary current and comprehensive disability documentation from a professional licensed or certified to diagnose and treat their disabilities. Academic Accommodation Authorizations are written by the Director or Learning Disabilities Specialist, based on their professional expertise in issues related to disability and higher education. The office is an ardent defender of academic integrity and equitable access for students with disabilities, symbiotic objectives of the same overall goal of educational excellence.

Students are expected to take an active role in informing faculty of authorized accommodations, and collaborating with them to insure effective arrangements. Students who believe they require disability-related support services or accommodations to participate on an equal basis with their class colleagues should follow the procedures outlined in "Disability Documentation Guidelines and Procedures for Requesting Academic Accommodations" on SSD's webpage under "Current Students".

Faculty responsibilities include:

  • Implementing authorized accommodations to students who identify themselves and share signed SSD Academic Accommodation Authorization memos with them.
  • Respecting the confidentiality of the disability-related information with which they're provided.
  • Consulting and partnering with SSD and other appropriate departments to insure timely and effective access to classroom facilities and instructional materials as they become aware of students' disability-related needs.

We ask and encourage you to consider approaches for facilitating universal access as you design your curriculum, select your materials, and plan your pedagogical techniques. 

Last Updated: 4/11/16