2.1 Ten Things that Students and Faculty Need to Know about OSWD

#1 Interaction

Students should introduce themselves as an OSWD student to faculty during the first two weeks of the semester.

Faculty can encourage early disability disclosure by including OSWD's disability accommodations statement in their syllabus.

#2 Guidance

Students should meet their professors regularly, for help with schoolwork and advice.

Faculty are the students' greatest resource and should project an approachable demeanor.

#3 Confidentiality

Students are entitled to confidentiality at every turn, in front of peers and faculty both.

Faculty should never reveal a student's disability to anyone, at any time.

#4 Eligibility

Students must provide OSWD with current documentation in order to receive accommodations.

Faculty should direct any students (those not currently registered with OSWD) to the OSWD office.

#5 Accommodation

Students may be eligible for a range of academic accommodations.

Faculty, by law, must accommodate those students who are approved by OSWD.

#6 Exams

Students, depending upon the nature of their disabilities, are often entitled to extended time.

Faculty should be aware that students are not entitled to unlimited time on exams.

#7 Note taking

Students, depending upon the nature of their disabilities, are often entitled to peer note taking.

Faculty should aid in the process by soliciting note takers early in the semester and referring them to OSWD.

#8 Rights

Students with disabilities are guaranteed certain rights under federal law.

Faculty could become more familiar with regulations that affect people with disabilities.

#9 Grievances

Students should first try to solve conflicts with their professors themselves, before all else.

Faculty should contact OSWD if mediation assistance in resolving issues is needed or desired.

#10 Advocacy

OSWD staff encourages its students to ask questions about disability support.

OSWD staff encourages faculty to contact them with questions and concerns.