No, SAA will refer students to the appropriate health professional.
During the SAA intake meeting, the student and the Accommodation Specialist identify the disability symptoms that pose barriers to equal access to academic and campus life. Reasonable and necessary accommodations are then identified to address these barriers. There needs to be a rational connection between a requested accommodation and the disability symptoms. Accommodations cannot lower academic standards or make fundamental alterations to university programs and services.
This is a very common question asked by both faculty and students. The “real world” does provide accommodations for persons with disabilities. The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has an excellent website for more information on employee accommodations. You may notice students using Livescribe Pens, recording devices, and photographing the board with their smartphones. These tools can often replace the note-taker accommodation and they can be used in the "real world."
One of my students has an accommodation for laptop use in the classroom, but I have a “no electronics” policy. How should I approach this without changing my policy for all students or making the student with the accommodation uncomfortable?
Since the laptop is obvious, it may be awkward for the student to be the only one with an electronic device. We suggest handling inquiries individually, with the explanation that exceptions to class policy are handled on a case by case basis and in many cases are related to an ADA accommodation. This statement could be included in your syllabus after your "no electronics" policy. You could also announce in class that if anyone has a good reason for an exception to course policy they should meet with you to discuss it.
If a faculty member determines a student can take an exam at a different time than scheduled, SAA will ask the student for verification of instructor permission via email. If a student needs a different time as an accommodation, SAA will consult with the instructor. Every situation is handled on an individual basis.
No, but the proctor can put the exam in a signed and sealed envelope that the student can bring to you upon completion.
If I have a student who needs to take a make-up exam but they do not have a disability, can SAA proctor the exam?
No. SAA only proctors exams for registered SAA students.
That would depend how much time it would typically take to complete the exam and when it had to be submitted. If it is due within a few hours then yes, but it should not be necessary if it is due by the next class and can be completed in a couple of hours.
I have a student in my class with exam accommodations. There is an exam tomorrow and they have not contacted me. Should I send one for them?
Students who have exam accommodations are responsible for notifying you when they are taking an exam in SAA. The student should have discussed how and when to notify you when they met with you to discuss the implementation of their accommodations. Some students have disability related issues that affect their executive functioning. Usually, students either forgot to notify you or have decided not to use their accommodations for this exam.