At Fredonia, the office of Disability Support Services for Students determines academic accommodations for the student based on documentation that has established or diagnosed a disability. The coordinator evaluates the documentation and in consultation with the student, determines the accommodations for the courses. For some students, academic accommodations might be obvious, because the disability is obvious. There are students with 'hidden' disabilities who may feel awkward in requesting needed accommodations from faculty because their disability is not visible. The DSS office ensures that students seeking services through this office have provided the necessary documentation to be eligible for academic accommodations.
The DSS office strongly recommends that the following language be included on syllabi in order to ensure that all students are aware of the services available:
Reasonable accommodations are available to students with documented disabilities at Fredonia. Students who may require instructional and/or examination accommodations should contact the office of Disability Support Services for Students (DSS), located on the 4th Floor of the Reed Library (716-673-3270 or firstname.lastname@example.org). The DSS coordinator will review documentation and determine accommodations on a case-by-case basis. DSS will notify me with an accommodation letter which verifies that you have registered with the DSS office and which describes any accommodations approved for you. After you have met with the DSS coordinator, please contact me so that we can discuss any needed accommodations.