Disability Access Services
Accommodating Students With Disabilities: Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
UMSL have a policy or procedures regarding students with
- Yes, Executive Order No. 21 was implemented on 11/1/84 and amended
2/25/97. The current policy is 240.040 Policy Related to Students
with Disabilities, which covers all four UM campuses. This policy
ensures that mandated reasonable classroom accommodations are
provided to students with disabilities and eliminates the need for
faculty to make accessibility/accommodation decisions.
I know that a student is eligible to receive reasonable classroom
accommodations for my course?
The student will deliver a personal/confidential notification memo
identifying himself/herself as a registrant with Disability Access
Services. This memo will also include the eligible classroom
accommodations that he/she may need in your course.
Exactly what do I do when I am handed a disability
Students with disabilities are responsible for introducing themselves
to you and informing you that they plan to use the requested
accommodations listed in the memo. Please note, the memo says that
the student is eligible for, but may or may not need, the
accommodations in every course. Students are encouraged to meet
individually with their professors during office hours or a scheduled
appointment. During this meeting, discuss how the accommodations will
be arranged with the student.
if I am handed a notification memo by a student late in the semester
and the accommodations are requested?
Begin accommodations at that point. Accommodations are not
retroactive. Exams taken prior to official requests are over and
done. If a student comes to you after they've taken an exam, done
poorly, and says, “I really should have had extended time,” it is
too late for that exam. The accommodation will be applied to future
should I do when a student identifies him/herself to me without any
notification from DAS and requests extended time for exams or other
Inform the student that the University has a policy and procedure for
providing accommodations that must be followed and refer them to
Disability Access Services.
What should I do when it is the day of my exam and a student
franticly informs me that he/she must have extended test
Do not be intimidated into placing yourself in the uncomfortable
position of determining if a student is eligible to receive classroom
accommodations particularly on the day of your exam. You have the
right to say, "I'm sorry, but those arrangements must be made
in advance. I can not accommodate you today for this exam. I will
need to reschedule the exam after you have been to Disability Access
Services." Refer them to the DAS office. DAS will determine
if the student has an appropriately documented and diagnosed
disability and is eligible to receive the accommodation. This
legally covers you and prevents you from providing something to a
student who may not be eligible; therefore, discriminating and being
unfair to the rest of your class.
What if a
student presents medical documentation to me and requests
accept disability evaluations or medical documentation from a
student. This information is confidential and should be on file in
the Disability Access Office. You do not want to be responsible
for keeping confidential information confidential.
You may accept doctor's
statements for absences from your class. These statements do not
include detailed information regarding the student's specific
medical diagnosis and condition. You do need to verify that an
absence was for legitimate medical reasons and that the student was
seen and treated by the doctor on that given day and time. Other
detailed information can prove to be uncomfortable knowledge to
possess and more than you ever wanted to know or deal with.
John Doe brought his
notification memo to me. John doesn’t appear to understand the
lecture and is not passing any of my exams. He isn’t passing my
course. What should I do about his grade?
You have provided
John Doe with his reasonable classroom accommodations and made your
course accessible to him. You must now evaluate this student
according to the grade that he earns, just like the other students in
your course. As you would for other students, consider using the
Academic Alert system to refer him to campus offices that can support
his academic success.
What should be done with the
hard copies of the confidential disability information after the
student’s eligible accommodations have been established in my
You will be
advised to shred any confidential disability information provided by
the individual student! Disability Access Services
will always have a copy of the master notification memos and
disability documentation on file.
Where can students with
disabilities take exams?
extended time, or other eligible testing accommodations, have a few
options for testing. Students have the option of testing in the
Disability Access Services office (144 MSC) or at the Campus Testing
Center (412 SSB). Please discuss with students your preference for a
testing location so that students schedule exam appointments well in
advance and in environments free of distractions.
How to I provide accommodations
in an online course?
Services staff has worked to ensure that online courses, administered
through MyGateway, are accessible for all students. If a student
requests extended time on an online exam, the time clock can be
adjusted for that particular student or the exam can be manually
graded. Students with disabilities can take online exam through the
DAS office if a proctor is needed. For specific instructions, please
contact the Faculty Resource Center at 516-6704.