To: Departmental Executive Officers
From: Raúl Curto, Executive Associate Dean; Helena Dettmer, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Curriculum
RE: Guidelines for Helping Students with Disabilities
The Office of the Provost requires that all instructors review the following information about accommodating students with disabilities.
This information is available at the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity website and is summarized in this memo. The Student Disability Services web site is another important resource for instructors.
We encourage you to discuss these policies and procedures at a faculty meeting and to share them with others, particularly with new instructors, including teaching assistants.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 states that "no otherwise qualified handicapped individual shall, solely by reason of the handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."
Compliance with this law requires that academic institutions like The University of Iowa provide the same opportunity for students with disabilities to achieve success in the classroom that it provides to other students.
In order to comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, instructors must announce procedures for arranging approved academic accommodations in class at the beginning of each semester.
Please follow these procedures if a student discloses a disability:
A sample copy of the SAAR form and related information can be found on the CLAS Teaching Policies and Resources web pages (see Students with Disabilities).
Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter.
SDS Contact Information
Student Disability Services
3015 Burge Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1214
8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.