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Information for Faculty

Syllabus Statement

Wheaton College is committed to providing access and inclusion for all persons with disabilities, inside and outside the classroom. Students are encouraged to discuss with their professors if they foresee any disability-related barriers in a course. Students who need accommodations in order to fully access this course’s content or any part of the learning experience should connect with Learning and Accessibility Services (LAS) as soon as possible to request accommodations http://wheaton.edu/las (Student Services Building - Suite 209, las@wheaton.edu, phone 630.752.5615). The accommodations process is dynamic, interactive, and completely free and confidential. Do not hesitate to reach out or ask any questions. 

Facts for Faculty

A disability is an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a record of such an impairment, or being regarded as having such an impairment.

  • Major life activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working.
  • Major Bodily Functions include, but are not limited to, functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions.

A reasonable accommodation is any modification or adjustment to a course, program, service, activity or facility that enables a qualified student with a disability to have an equal opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefit and privilege as are available to a similarly-situated student without the disability. A reasonable accommodation does not include fundamentally altering the nature of an instructional program and is always provided on an individualized basis.

You will be notified by Learning and Accessibility Services if a student in your class receives specific accommodations and you can feel free to direct any questions to the Learning and Accessibility Services Office.

Faculty members play an integral role in supporting our students with disabilities. If a student in your class is struggling and you suspect he or she may require academic support or accommodations, please feel free to make referrals to Learning and Accessibility Services.  The LAS Office is located in the SSB Suite 209.

Thank you for your partnership!

Important Policies

  • If a student is eligible for accommodations through the Learning and Accessibility Services Office, you will receive official notification by e-mail with an attached accommodations letter.  If a student requests an accommodation and you have not received notification, please encourage the student to contact the LAS Office.
  • Students are requested to provide 72 hours notice and for testing or other accommodations that require advanced planning.  If a student does not give proper notice, attempt to accommodate him or her but know you will not be held responsible if you are unable to provide the accommodation.
  • Please don't hesitate to contact the Learning and Accessibility Services Office with any questions regarding implementing accommodations.

Classroom Tips

Here are 9 tips for classroom instruction that are helpful for students with learning differences but benefit ALL students:

  • Clearly spell out course expectations with a detailed syllabus presented in a timely manner.
  • Use a variety of methods to allow students to demonstrate what they have learned (i.e. papers, presentations, experiential learning in addition to tests and quizzes).
  • Start each lecture with an outline of material to be covered and brief summary of key points. 
  • Present new or technical vocabulary in overhead or hand-out form. Use terms in context to convey meaning.
  • Announce reading assignments well in advance. Students needing material in a digital format require a substantial amount of lead time.
  • Use a variety of instructional methods (lecture, discussion, active learning techniques).
  • Provide study questions for exams that demonstrate format as well as content. Explain what constitutes a good answer and why.
  • Provide adequate opportunities for questions and answers. Try to create a classroom environment where asking questions is encouraged.
  • Encourage students to use campus support services.

Faculty and Staff Accommodations

The LAS Coordinator for staff and faculty is the Director of Human Resources.

If you are a faculty or staff member who needs to request an accommodation, please contact the Human Resources Director at hr@wheaton.edu.