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Providing academic accommodations for students with disabilities is a collaborative effort between the student and their instructors. Students are responsible for informing Birmingham-Southern College of their disability and need for academic accommodations and services by providing the Office of Accessibility with the appropriate documentation verifying their disability. The documentation must state a specific diagnosis, describe the history and symptoms of the disability, specify which major life activities are substantially limited by the disability, and recommend accommodations to lessen the negative effects of the disability. Faculty and staff are responsible for supporting and enabling students with disabilities to have access to the same programs and services available to other students.

The Office of Accessibility will provide faculty members with an academic accommodation letter for each student receiving services for which they have been approved to receive. Students are encouraged to follow up with students individually outside of the classroom to discuss their academic accommodation for that specific class and ensure both you and the student understand the accommodation and how it fits best in your course. Some students may not wish to meet regarding their accommodations and may never use them in your course - that is okay and the student's right. However, any student with a documented academic accommodation has the right to use that tool as appropriate during the term.

Academic accommodations are designed to enable students to succeed academically while upholding Birmingham-Southern College's rigorous academic standards. The academic expectations you have set for your course should be the same for all students, including those with disabilities. Academic accommodations may change the manner in which a student participates in the classroom or collects the information (e.g. extra time for testing, reduced distraction testing, note taking assistance, being seated near the front of the classroom, etc.). Academic accommodations are not meant to give an advantage to students with disabilities or alter academic expectations. If you feel an accommodation is not compatible with the structure of your course or alters essential or required components, please contact the Office of Accessibility immediately.

For more information on academic accommodations including examples of academic accommodations, meeting with students with academic accommodations, instructional strategies, and the grievance process, please review the Academic Accommodation Handbook for Faculty and Staff


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    Academic Accommodation Handbook


    Providing academic accommodations for students with disabilities is a collaborative effort between the student and their instructors. Students are responsible for informing Birmingham-Southern College of their disability and need for academic accommodations and services by providing the Office of Accessibility with the appropriate documentation verifying their disability. The documentation must state a specific diagnosis, describe the history and symptoms of the disability, specify which major life activities are substantially limited by the disability, and recommend accommodations to lessen the negative effects of the disability. Faculty and staff are responsible for supporting and enabling students with disabilities to have access to the same programs and services available to other students.

    The Office of Accessibility will provide faculty members with an academic accommodation letter for each student receiving services for which they have been approved to receive. Students are encouraged to follow up with students individually outside of the classroom to discuss their academic accommodation for that specific class and ensure both you and the student understand the accommodation and how it fits best in your course. Some students may not wish to meet regarding their accommodations and may never use them in your course - that is okay and the student's right. However, any student with a documented academic accommodation has the right to use that tool as appropriate during the term.

    Academic accommodations are designed to enable students to succeed academically while upholding Birmingham-Southern College's rigorous academic standards. The academic expectations you have set for your course should be the same for all students, including those with disabilities. Academic accommodations may change the manner in which a student participates in the classroom or collects the information (e.g. extra time for testing, reduced distraction testing, note taking assistance, being seated near the front of the classroom, etc.). Academic accommodations are not meant to give an advantage to students with disabilities or alter academic expectations. If you feel an accommodation is not compatible with the structure of your course or alters essential or required components, please contact the Office of Accessibility immediately.

    For more information on academic accommodations including examples of academic accommodations, meeting with students with academic accommodations, instructional strategies, and the grievance process, please review the  Academic Accommodation Handbook for Faculty and Staff.

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    Syllabus Statement


    All faculty members should include a statement in their course syllabus to inform students about methods for receiving academic accommodations. The syllabus statement should inform your students that academic accommodations are available for students with disabilities and you are willing to provide these accommodations.

    You may use one of the sample statements below in your syllabus:

    • If you have a registered academic accommodation with the Office of Accessibility, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible to discuss these accommodations. If you have a disability but have not contacted the Office of Accessibility, please contact them as soon as possible at one of the following email addresses: awsmith @bsc.edu or accessibility@bsc.edu. If you prefer to call the office, the numbers are (205) 226-7909 or (205) 226-4717.

    • If you have a documented disability and need academic accommodations in this course, please speak with me privately as soon as possible so I can be prepared to meet your needs. All disabilities must be registered with the Office of Accessibility which will provide an academic accommodation letter to me outlining your needs. If you have not already registered with the Office of Accessibility, please contact that office as soon as possible at awsmith@bsc.edu or accessibility@bsc.edu. If you prefer to call the office, the numbers are (205) 226-7909 or (205) 226-4717.

    • Students who require academic accommodations due to a disability should make an appointment with me as soon as possible to discuss these accommodations. If you have not established your academic accommodations through the Office of Accessibility, but need assistance due to a disability, please contact that office as soon as possible at awsmith@bsc.edu or accessibility@bsc.edu. You may call the office at (205) 226-7909 or (205) 226-4717.

    • If you are registered for accommodations/ academic adjustments, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible to discuss accommodations/ academic adjustments that may be necessary. During this discussion, you are not expected to disclose any details concerning your disability, though you may discuss these details at your discretion. If you have a disability but have not contacted Angie Smith, the Coordinator for Academic Accessibility at BSC, please call 226-7909 or visit Student Development on the second floor of Norton Center to initiate the process. You may also contact her at awsmith@bsc.edu if you have any questions or need more information. Her office hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 8:30-4:30 or Mondays and Fridays, by appointment.