Faculty Syllabus Statement

Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS) recommends that each course syllabus contain a statement reflecting compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  Ideally, faculty should provide a detailed syllabus that includes course objectives, weekly topics, classroom activities, required reading and writing assignments, and dates of tests, quizzes, and vacations;  this provides valuable information to all students and allows students with disabilities to identify the accommodations they will need to request for that class as well as arrange for materials in an alternate format, if necessary.  Whenever possible, provide syllabi and other course materials in an electronic format to provide direct access.

Below are sample statements instructors may use to open the lines of communication regarding necessary accommodations and encourage students with disabilities to seek assistance early in the semester:

  • If you have a documented disability and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please contact me as soon as possible.
  • If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting an accommodation, you are encouraged to contact both your instructor and the Disabled Student Programs and Services, at (562) 806-2451 ext. 2335, as early as possible in the term.
  • Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the instructor during office hours to discuss their disability related needs. Use of Disabled Student Programs and Services, including testing accommodations, requires prior authorization by DSPS and compliance with approved procedures.
  • It is the college’s policy to provide, on a flexible and individualized basis, reasonable accommodations to students who have disabilities which may affect their ability to participate in course activities or to meet course requirements. Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact their instructor to discuss their individual needs for accommodations.

Faculty members are also encouraged to make textbook selections as far in advance as possible and to avoid changing the selections unless there are compelling reasons.

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