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									               Facts for Faculty from Student Disability Services
A Profile of Clemson Students with Disabilities
Typically students who receive services are students with invisible disabilities. For the last few
semesters, that has meant that almost 95% of our students have no obvious or discernible signs that
foretell their needs.

Faculty Accommodation Letters (FALs)
Students with documented disabilities are apt to be in your classes this semester and to access in-class
accommodations they will present you with a Faculty Accommodation Letter (FAL). This letter
stipulates the accommodations you are responsible for implementing to meet the identified needs.
Needs listed in the FAL are based on the medical or psychological documentation presented to the
University, the student’s stated needs, and the advice of the Disability Specialist. You and the student
are to discuss how to implement those accommodations. Under the law, the student is under no
obligation to discuss the disability with you, only the in-class implications and needed

Students present documentation of the disability only to the SDS office. Clemson maintains an
exceptionally rigorous set of criteria for designation as a student with a disability and for eligibility for
accommodations. Documentation is reviewed carefully and accommodations are granted only when
there is appropriate rationale for that accommodation in the materials presented.

Services Provided to Faculty
   1. Consultation - The Student Disability Services (SDS) staff is always ready to provide consultation
       should you have concerns about particular accommodation, are unsure how to implement the
       accommodation, or are in need of materials or equipment to work with this student.
   2. Test Proctoring Center – The Test Proctoring Center is provided to help faculty members with
       student requests for extended time testing or testing in a reduced-distraction environment.
       The Center is located in Vickery Hall but all administrative services for the Center are in the SDS
       office in G-20 Redfern Health Center. The process for using the center is as follows:
        The student will give you a Test Proctor Request form with their name, etc. filled in.
        You and the student fill in the middle section with details for the testing environment ---
           how long, what can be used during the test, etc.
        You fill in how you will deliver the test to us.
        You can fax or E-mail the form to us at 656-6849 or sds-l@clemson.edu
        You can also fax or E-mail the test or walk it to Redfern G-20.
        Make sure to tell us on the form how you want to get the test back. We can usually deliver
           the next day or you can come pick it up or make other arrangements.

Know that is we catch a student violating the Clemson Academic Integrity Policy; we will notify you
AND the Office of Undergraduate Studies.

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    3. Note taking - Many students qualify for note-taking services. You are required to provide note
       takers only for students who have that as accommodation on their FAL and who attend class
       and take some notes on their own. Please work with the student to find someone in class who
       would be willing to share their notes. Be especially careful to not identify the student in any
       way. Guidelines for finding note takers include the following:
        Please check with the student to clarify whether or not they want to interact directly with
          the student who will be taking notes. If the SDS student is comfortable with that, simply
          arrange for them to meet and set up a system for exchanging the notes. If the SDS student
          is not comfortable with meeting the note taker, please make arrangements for notes to be
          picked up in the departmental office or other environment that will allow the SDS student
          to remain anonymous.
        Look on the SDS website for ideas on how to find or identify note takers
        At this time, we cannot pay note takers; it is totally a volunteer position. We will however,
          provide documentation of the service for inclusion in a resume packet or graduate school

How can you help students in your classes?
  1. The most effective way to let students know that you are willing to work to with them in your
      class it to include a syllabus statement that sends the message that you are approachable on
      this issue. The following has been approved by Dean Murdoch for use on your syllabus:
           Students with disabilities who need accommodations should make an appointment
               with me to discuss specific needs within the first month of classes. Students should
               present a Faculty Accommodation Letter (FAL) from Student Disability Services (SDS)
               when we meet. SDS is located in the lower level of Redfern Health Center/G-20
               (phone: 656-6848; Email: sds-l@clemson.edu). Please be aware that accommodation
               letters are NOT retroactive and new FALs must be presented each semester.
  2. Familiarize yourself with the concepts of Universal Design in Learning, in Instruction, and in
      Assessment. You may find the following websites helpful:
           www.udeducation.org, www.cast.org, www.washington.edu/doit
  3. Take the opportunity presented when the student brings you the FAL to discuss how the
      student learns. Some are quite well informed and are pleased to share that information with
      you. If the student is more reluctant or less well-informed, use the opportunity to draw them
      out and let them talk with you about their school experiences to date. You’ll be amazed at how
      much they know even when they think they don’t.

Thanks for your help in giving all students an equal opportunity to do well at Clemson. Please call on
us if we can help in any way.

Contact Information:                 Staff:
G-20 Redfern/Basement level          Arlene Stewart, Ed.D. Director
sds-1@clemson.edu                    Dede Norungolo, MRC, CRC, Disability Specialist
P: (864)656-6848                     Francene Thomas, Testing Center
F: (864) 656-6849                    Barbara Bottum, Access Specialist          Chad McGee, Graduate Assistant

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