Frequently Asked Questions
Please contact AccessibleNU if you do not find the answer to your question below.
How will I know if a student needs accommodations?
What is the appropriate way to encourage a student to connect with ANU?
- "I notice that your answers on tests are typically correct but that you almost never finish your tests. Is this new, or has it been an issue in the past?"
- "I've noticed you've seemed tired/stressed/etc. in class and I wanted to check in with you to make sure everything is okay?"
- "What aspects of this class do you find challenging/easy, or what do you wish I would change about the class to make it better for you?"
- "Tell me about your study approach to this class. Have you explored any additional resources to assist in your classes?"
How do I work with students who do not have a permanent disability, but are requesting exceptions due to injuries or illnesses?
If you are prepared to excuse an absence, provide extra test time, or make other considerations for a student with an injury or illness but would like verification of the student's condition, please contact Health Service. Please refer to Health Service's policy and procedures related to academic work missed for medical reasons for more detailed information.
A student with a test accommodation in my class is not eligible to have their test proctored in ANU. How do I implement testing accommodations on my own?
AccessibleNU asks that you proctor for more than 3 students with accommodations. AccessibleNU will not ask you to proctor tests for students who are approved for higher level accommodations such as computer use for short answer and essay questions, double time, assistive technology usage, special furniture arrangements, or private testing room.
As soon as you receive the accommodation notification email(s) from AccessibleNU stating testing accommodations have been approved, reserve space to administer accommodated exams. Options include:
- Using your office or departmental space
- Reserving rooms via the Registrar
Alternatively, exams can be proctored remotely using Lockdown Browser or Respondus Monitor.
Note: Each student with testing accommodations does not need a private room unless clearly specified in the accommodation notification email. Reduced distraction does not equal a separate room.
Taking exams with you or a TAs is often the best solution because students can readily ask questions, and be quickly informed if there are any changes during the exam.
Some of my students have an accommodation to record lectures. Do they have to sign any sort of fair-use form? May I alert the class that students may be recording?
Yes. Students must agree to the terms of the Fair-Use form, approved by General Counsel, each term that they request accommodations. This includes provisions that they will limit recordings to personal use, delete them at the end of the term, and recognize that the lectures are the faculty member's intellectual property and that it is considered an academic integrity violation if they do not comply with all provisions in the form. We have never had an issue with an AccessibleNU student violating the provisions in the Fair-Use form.
If you'd like to make alert students to the potential of being recorded, please me a generic statement such as "With available technology, students may be recording this class."
What if a student requests accommodations beyond those listed in their accommodation notification email?
May I talk to students about their disabilities?
Some students may wish to keep specific disability information confidential, while others may choose to openly discuss their diagnoses and all related information with you. The decision to disclose disability information is made by the student, and you should therefore not ask them what their disability is or for any documentation of their condition. In most cases, you can best accommodate students by asking about their needs related to learning and fulfilling the requirements of your course.
May I provide accommodations to a student for whom I do not receive an accommodation notification?
If a student makes reference to having a disability or other long-term condition and asks for an accommodation but you have not received a notification from AccessibleNU verifying eligibility for accommodations, it is strongly recommended that you contact AccessibleNU or ask the student to contact us. In general, we recommend that you not provide special consideration for a student without notification from AccessibleNU unless you are open to providing this consideration for the rest of the class.
Are there any general modifications I might consider to make my courses more accessible?
- Please include our syllabus statement.
- Consider sharing your notes before class in an electronic format. Text in electronic form can be paired with screen-reading software, which makes printed material accessible for students with various learning disabilities, visual impairments, or limited mobility. Additionally, students who qualify for use of note-takers can access electronic notes independently, instead of relying on classmates to make copies of notes.
- Consider students’ diverse learning styles when developing lectures and assignments. Any one of your classes may include students with reading difficulties, auditory processing deficits, and other learning disabilities or weaknesses. You can contribute to the success of your students by incorporating multiple means of representation of material into your lectures.
- Ensure all digital material used in class is accessible. Accessible documents can be easily used with text readers, screen-reading, and/or braille-conversion software. This software is made available through AccessibleNU.
- Provide students with options (essay, presentation, video, etc.) for turning in assignments. this will allow students to use their strengths to best demonstrate learning.