Faculty Handbook Chapter 10: CAR’s Responsibilities
CAR is responsible for many of the steps when it comes to student accommodations. The following is a list of what CAR’s responsibilities encompass:
- Reviewing disability verification and applications
- Determining whether or not a student is eligible for accommodations through CAR
- Negotiating which specific accommodations a student is eligible for
- Managing students’ ongoing accommodations
- Sending Letters of Accommodation (LOA) to faculty
- Placing physical accommodations in classrooms (i.e. alternate chairs)
- Proctoring exams taken in our testing facilities
- Providing interpreters or in-class aides/readers/scribes when necessary
- Assisting students in locating resources on campus
- Assisting students in determining strategies to help them access their education
- Troubleshooting accommodation concerns with both students and faculty
As a faculty member, if a student approaches you and attempts to give you disability verification to support their request for accommodations, please refer the student to CAR. If a student wishes to utilize academic accommodations in classes, they must follow college procedures by completing the CAR application, submission of disability verification for review and accommodation assessment, Moodle orientation, and initial interview. Accommodations are not retroactive and can only be used if a student has gone through the CAR process.
Determining Student Accommodations
Accommodations are determined using a combination of disability verification documentation, student narrative, and course outcomes. While students and faculty are encouraged to discuss how the student’s accommodations will be facilitated in a particular course, all negotiation and determination of student accommodations is done by CAR. If students attempt to contact you regarding initial or additional accommodations, please direct them to CAR. Faculty feedback and collaboration is essential to facilitating accommodations.
Accommodation Request Analysis
In reviewing accommodation requests, the following analysis is used:
- Does the student have a documented disability?
- Is the student "otherwise qualified?"
- Is the request reasonable? (CAR looks at the following requirements to determine if an accommodation is reasonable. This may include a conversation with the faculty member regarding the specifics of their course.):
- The accommodation does not fundamentally alter the nature of the program or activity.
- The accommodation does not alter or remove essential requirements.
- The accommodation does not lower academic standards.
- The accommodation does not present an undue financial or administrative burden on the university.
- The accommodation does not pose a threat to the safety of others or the public.
CAR implements an interactive process when determining accommodations, meaning that each student's case is approached individually, and accommodations may look different depending on the student's unique case. Accommodations available to eligible students are in line with recommendations and case resolutions from the Office of Civil Rights and disability resource office professional best practices and standards.