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Information for Students

Student Responsibilities

  • Disclose a disability to the Office of Student Disability Services (SDS) in a timely manner when requesting accommodations by phone, email or appointment.
  • Provide appropriate, current documentation supporting the disability and the requested accommodation(s).
  • Review and understand the attendance policy and attend classes unless illness or emergency prevents them from doing so.
  • Meet the academic requirements of their courses and of their majors.
  • Discuss with the faculty member how the accommodations are going to be implemented, particularly testing accommodations.
  • Inform SDS of barriers to educational opportunities.
  • Advise SDS of any accommodation needs.

If there are questions or concerns regarding a student's responsibilities as a registered member of Student Disability Services (SDS), please contact SDS at 413-782-1258.

Communicating with Instructors

While talking with instructors, you should:

  • If appropriate, make them aware of your past successes, and suggest how they could enhance your future success
  • Discuss classroom accommodations, teaching techniques, and testing procedures that have been most helpful in the past
  • If possible, engage instructors in a problem solving process when solutions to the problem are not obvious
  • Be on time for scheduled appointments