The Syllabus Statements
Students with disabilities glean a significant amount of information about a course
and their instructor from the access statement. A well designed statement indicates
the faculty member’s level of commitment to designing their course in a way that welcomes
all students, including those with a disability, and provides guidance to those students
who experience barriers.
As a minimum, the statement should include contact information for the ATU-Ozark Disability
Services Office and be placed prominently (preferably within the first page) of the
Disability Services Recommended Syllabus Statement
Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus values diversity and inclusion and is committed
to a climate of mutual respect and full participation of all students. My goal is
to create a learning environment that is useable, equitable, inclusive and welcoming.
If there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that result in barriers
to your inclusion or prevent an accurate assessment of your achievement, please meet
with me privately to discuss your needs and concerns. You may also contact the Student
Success & Disability Services Coordinator, located in Technology & Academic Support,
Suite 140, in person, via phone at (479) 968-0337, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website at https://www.atu.edu/ozark/ssc/ in order to initiate a request for accommodations.
- Use person first language. Terms such as handicapped, special needs, and disabled
should not be used as many individuals find them offensive. Examples of person first
language may be found at https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/materials/factsheets/fs-communicating-with-people.html.
- Avoid wording that communicates the primary reason for providing access is a compliance
- Avoid wording that places all of the responsibility for access on the student. Equitable
access is a shared responsibility between faculty, staff, the student, and the Office
of Disability Services.
- Do not place time restrictions on the student’s right to request accommodations. While
it’s preferable for a student to identify their need early in the semester, they have
the right to seek accommodations at any point during the academic term if they experience
barriers in the course due to their disability.
uPDATED fLEXIBILITY PROCESS
There have been recent changes to the processing of flexibility agreements for our
student. Starting Spring 2020, the wording within the Faculty Notification Letter
has been updated to the following:
Attendance Flexiblity Agreement
It has determined that this student has been approved for additional excused absences
due to a chronic medical condition(s) which may flare without warning. The total number
of absences without penalty is not to exceed double the class attendance policy. It
is appropriate to provide an alternative method of earning participation points missed
due to these absences. The student is responsible for arranging to make up any graded
work missed during an excused absence and submit it within 4 (four) days of the original
due date. Work submitted within this timeframe will not be subject to a late penalty.
Deadline Flexability Agreement
The student may have difficulty keeping pace with coursework due to a chronic medical
condition(s) which may flare without warning OR a condition that results in a slower
working pace. The instructor will allow flexibility with due dates upon request from
the student before the deadline. The student must submit assignments within 4 (four)
days of the original due date.
If this course is lab or activity based, or if the agreement above compromises the
integrity of the course, the instructor should contact Disability Services as soon
as possible to execute an alternative agreement in lieu of the statement above
What are your options?
If these statements above do not compromise the format of your course, please use
the agreement for the duration of the term. If it does compromise your course, contact
the ATU-Ozark Disability Services Office at (479) 508-3368 to either utilize an existing
agreement from a previous term or set up an appointment to create a new agreement
for this term.
Additional Accommodations Resources
Adjusting Test Timers in Blackboard SERVICE AND ASSISTANCE ANIMAL POLICYInstructor Accommodation Form
sTUDENT sUCCESS rESOURCES
SSC Class Presentation
A 30-minute presentation that provides information about the Student Success Center,
accommodations, testing services, and additional information and resources we offer
in the center!
*Please leave a Note for presentation location- SSC or classroom
SSC Class workshops
Is there a workshop that your students need (i.e. APA Writing)? Please schedule a
time for me to do a class presentation!
*Please leave a Note for workshop location- SSC or classroom
Hours of Operation: M-F 8:00 am-5:00pm
Technology and Academic Support, Suite 140
1700 Helberg Ln
Ozark, AR 72949