Disability Services

Information for Faculty

We are a resource for you!

The CSU Office of Disability Services Instructors Manual will give you a good overview of how the Office of Disability Services (ODS) operates.

The ODS staff are a resource for the whole CSU community, not just students! The ODS staff are available to consult with you regarding disability issues. We are allowed to discuss more specific information about students if there is a legitimate need to know. As faculty, it is important for you to understand how each student learns. Please call if questions arise.

Recommended Course Syllabi Statement

The recommended statement for the CSU course syllabi with regard to students with disabilities is as follows:

Educational access is the provision of classroom accommodations, auxiliary aids and services to ensure equal educational opportunities for all students regardless of their disability. Any student who feels he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Office of Disability Services at (216)687-2015. The Office is located in MC 147. Accommodations need to be requested in advance and will not be granted retroactively.

This statement on the course syllabi affirms the commitment of CSU to uphold our responsibilities under the law. It also welcomes students to feel comfortable in disclosing their needs so that they can meet their educational goals.

Faculty Notification Letters:

Students with disabilities who have registered with the office are expected to request their accommodations for each class through the Disability Services Online System. The Faculty Notification Letters will be e-mailed to you and will explain any needed classroom accommodations. Students should have a one-on-one discussion with you about how the listed accommodations will work in relation to your class. You should not provide accommodations to students claiming they have a disability without first receiving one of these Faculty Notification Letters.

Professors can also see their student’s accommodations in the Disability Services Instructor Access Online. In this portal you can see what students have requested accommodations for your class, see the Faculty Notification Letters for your students, Upload the syllabus for your classes, and see some of the information about accommodations for your classes like if a Notetaker has been assigned for your class. If you are unable to see student data, then no students have requested accommodations for your classes. If a student claims to have a disability and is requesting accommodations but you have not received an FNL or do not see them when logging in here, please refer them to our office.


Instructor Access Online Introduction Video

Some messages that are sent to you by Disability Services may be caught by your Clutter folder in Outlook. We recommend that you check your Clutter folder regularly. clutter is controlled by your account in Outlook. It is a "self-teaching" system in that once an email is marked as "clutter" the system will then take that information and compare it to other emails arriving in the mailbox and will then move that incoming mail into clutter based upon the comparison. As a result mail that you may not have marked as "clutter" in the past could be routed to clutter based upon the system results. There are 2 ways to address this 1) open clutter and right click on the item not to be included in the clutter and select "not clutter" - you may have to perform this a few times before the system learns that particular mail is not clutter. Option 2 is what we recommend, simply turn off clutter and have all mail arrive in your Inbox and manually move it. to turn off clutter visit http://www.csuohio.edu/messaging-services/engage365-email-documentation#browser and follow the steps listed within the item titled "turn off clutter"

Access vs. Success:

Making accommodations and academic adjustments for students is a means of providing access to our curriculum and programs. Students with disabilities may need to do some things differently, but they are still expected to maintain the academic standards of the University. We do not guarantee success—if we provide appropriate access, then each student has the best possibility of achieving their academic goals and demonstrating what they have learned.

Helpful Links:

  • Do-It Faculty Room: The Disabilities, Opportunities, Networking, Technology Faculty Room provides good information about providing accommodations to students with disabilities including a knowledge base of frequent questions.
  • WebAIM Articles: Web Accessibility In Mind provides great information about making web pages and content such as Power Point presentations, PDF's, and Word documents accessible.
  • AHEAD: The Association for Higher Education and Disability is a professional organization dedicated to disability access in colleges and universities.