All instructors are encouraged to include in their syllabus a statement inviting students with disabilities to meet with the Office of Accessibility Resources to discuss making arrangements for accommodations
There are several reasons why this syllabus statement is critical. This statement both normalizes the accommodation process and helps to create a positive and welcoming environment for students with disabilities. Also, the statement serves as a reminder to students who need the accommodations that these arrangements need to be made.
The following is the recommended statement for course syllabi:
Shippensburg University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. The University welcomes all students with disabilities into all of the University's educational programs and strives to make all learning experiences as accessible as possible. Any student who feels they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR) to discuss specific needs. OAR is located in Mowrey Hall 252 and can be reached by phone at (717) 477-1364 or via email at email@example.com. The office’s website is www.ship.edu/oar.
In order to receive consideration for reasonable accommodations, you must provide documentation and participate in an intake meeting. If the documentation supports your request, the Office of Accessibility Resources will provide you with an Accommodation Notification Form. OAR encourages you to share your notification form with your instructors and discuss your accommodations with them as early in your courses as possible. You must submit a request for a new notification form each semester that you request accommodations.