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Memo to LSSU Faculty Members

Disability Services, a division of Student Affairs, wishes to share with you some exciting news regarding some procedural changes that have taken place during the past year and some changes that will take place this summer.  Item below that indicates it is, or will be, available via a web page link can be provided to you in alternative formats. 

English as a Second Language Students

Please note that English as a Second Language (ESL) or English Limited Learner (ELL) students are NOT considered disabled under ADA or any other federal laws.  Disability Services will not accommodate them as if they were disabled. 

However, if you want an ESL or ELL student to have extra time on your class exams you should contact Carol Boger, X2452, in the LSSU Testing Center, to make arrangements for the student to test with extra time.

Items designed to improve DS and testing integrity:

  • New cameras, with better video definition and infrared capability, along with additional placements for more coverage, have been installed in the testing rooms.
  • Our camera server allows remote viewing from campus wired network connections and allows faculty to proctor remotely if so desired. Those wishing to view live video need to call DS at X2355.
  • DS has the ability to back-up testing room videos within three (3) weeks of any given exam.
  • DS has implemented updated, stricter policies for student workers ad proctors effective Fall 2013. (http://www.lssu.edu/disability/Policiesforstudentworkers.php).
  • A secure DS test drop box is available at LBR 103 for drop off anytime the Library is open.
  • Documentation of student’s disability, within ADA standards, may be viewable. Restrictions apply based upon the fact that many of the documents fall under HIPPA rules. If there is a desire to view these documents there must be a “need to know” as defined by HIPPA Standards.
  • DS has posted its testing rules and warnings regarding possible consequences of cheating (multiple violators have been caught).
  • Web posting of the updated policy for students can be found at  (http://www.lssu.edu/disability/responsibilities.php).
  • New computers for student use.
  • More, improved computer stations within the testing room with camera placements that allow better observation of the systems.  DS has created an environment that eases student anxiety while still maintaining test integrity.
  • It is the policy that a DS student worker may not handle tests from a course that he or she is taking or is likely to take. If a professor comes to the office to drop off such a test and finds a student worker at Vicki’s desk, they are advised to drop the test in the secure drop box at LBR 103.
  • DS has implemented a policy that students who have taken tests are not allowed to bring the tests back to the professors under any circumstances.  A DS staff member or student worker will return tests to professor’s departmental office mailboxes or professors may pick them up at DS. 
  • DS has new test scheduling policies for the Fall 2013 school year which can be found at (http://www.lssu.edu/disability/responsibilities.php).
  • A new exam scheduling desk is located in LBR 149 to relieve congestion at Vicki’s desk and we are working on extending this service to LBR 103 as well.

Planned improvements/actions:

DS is working on a new scheduling system, custom designed for DS needs, with an ID card swipe system to log students in and out of tests.  DS plans to implement and train on the program as soon as it is completed.

  • DS is working on and plans to implement a new system and policy regarding faculty notification of new student’s eligibility status.  More details will be distributed during Fall 2013 school year and a webpage hyperlink to the policy will be distributed when the webpage is created.
  • Official ID badges will be issues to all student workers and will be used to identify student and/or part-time workers while they are working in the Disabilities Services office and testing areas.
  • DS is working on getting approval for hiring a part-time staff person to proctor tests.

 

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The Syllabus Statement

 

Please consider including a statement in your course syllabus explaining that students with disabilities needing accommodations in your class should connect with the Disability Services (DS) office, as well as communicating their needs directly with you.   Including this information in your syllabus helps to inform students about the existence of our office, and may let them know that their particular disability may qualify them for services.  Additionally, some students are shy, intimidated or embarrassed about their disability, making it difficult for them to approach their instructors and request accommodations.  Including such a statement in your syllabus lets students know that you are approachable, and they feel more comfortable making the initial contact to request disability accommodations.   Please choose one of the several versions listed below.  Feel free to contact DS at extension 2355 if you have any questions.

Examples:

  • The university will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students should notify their instructors and Disability Services (located in LBR 149 just down the hall from the Learning Center) of any accommodation needs as soon as possible.

  • If you have specific physical, psychiatric or learning disabilities and require accommodations, please let me know early in the semester so that your learning needs may be appropriately met. You will need to provide documentation of your disability to Disability Services (located in LBR 149 just down the hall from the Learning Center).

  • Lake Superior State University abides by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which stipulates that no student shall be denied the benefits of an education "solely by reason of a handicap." Disabilities covered by law include, but are not limited to, learning disabilities, psychological disabilities, health impairments, hearing, and sight or mobility impairments. If you have a disability that may have some impact on your work in this class and for which you may require accommodations, please see me or Disability Services (located in LBR 149 just down the hall from the Learning Center) so that such accommodations may be arranged.

  • I encourage students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury and attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, to discuss with me, after class or during my office hours, appropriate accommodations that might be helpful to them.

  • Any student with a documented disability needing academic adjustments or accommodations is requested to speak with the professor as soon as possible. All discussions will remain confidential.

  • If you have a hidden or visible disability which may require classroom or test accommodations, please see me as soon as possible during a scheduled office hour. If you have not already done so, please register with Disability Services (located in LBR 149 just down the hall from the Learning Center). This office is responsible for coordinating accommodations and services for students with disabilities.

  • The University will make reasonable accommodations for person with documented disabilities. Students should notify the Disability Services office (located in LBR 149 just down the hall from the Learning Center) and their instructors of any special needs. Instructors should be notified as soon as possible.

  • Anyone who feels they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me to arrange an appointment to make accommodation arrangements. I rely on Disability Services for assistance in verifying the need for accommodations and developing accommodation strategies. If you have not previously contacted Disability Services, I encourage you to do so; they are located in LBR 149 just down the hall from the Learning Center.

  • Students with disabilities who believe that they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact Disability Services, located in LBR 149 just down the hall from the Learning Center, as soon as possible to ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.

  • If you have specific physical, psychiatric or learning disabilities and require accommodations, please let me know early in the semester so that your learning needs may be appropriately met. You will need to provide documentation of your disability to Disability Services (located in LBR 149 just down the hall from the Learning Center).

  • In compliance with Lake Superior State University’s policy and equal access laws, I am available to discuss appropriate academic accommodations that you may require as a student with a disability. Requests for academic accommodations need to be made during the first week of the semester, except for unusual circumstances, so arrangements can be made. Students are encouraged to register with Disability Services (located in LBR 149 just down the hall from the Learning Center) for disability verification and for determination of reasonable academic accommodations.

 

 

Lake Superior State University Disability Services Policy Manual (pdf)

Lake Superior State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, marital status, disability, or veteran status.

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