Loyola University Chicago's Office of Services for Students with Disabilities coordinates and ensures services and accommodations for registered students with disabilities as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. These services provide equal educational opportunities to students by minimizing the impact of functional limitations upon their academic lives.
A registered student should present you with a current accommodation letter from SSWD that states what accommodations he/she is allowed.
A student can register with SSWD or present an accommodation letter to you at any time during the semester. SSWD encourages registered students to meet with you at the beginning of each semester to discuss their accommodation letters, but they are not required to do so.
No. Documentation describing a student's disability is confidential information. SSWD collects documentation for students who register with SSWD. In order to share a student's documentation with other staff and faculty, SSWD must receive a signed release form from that student.
Privately discuss your observations with the student. Do not assume that he/she has a disability. After discussing the situation, refer the student to the appropriate campus resources: Tutoring Center or SSWD.
Students with disabilities have the same rights as other students, including the right to fail. Work produced by a student with a disability should be equivalent to the work of his/her peers. Provision of accommodations is no guarantee of academic success.
No. Please DO NOT provide accommodations for a student unless he/she gives you a current accommodation letter from SSWD.
No. Providing academic accommodations levels the playing field. Accommodations provide disabled students with the same opportunities as their peers to demonstrate their academic mastery.