Resources for Faculty
Brown University strives to provide an environment that allows for the utmost in the personal and intellectual growth of all its students. The University respects each student's dignity, capacity to contribute, and desire for personal growth and accomplishment. Brown's commitment to students with disabilities is based on awareness of what students require for success, and the University seeks to foster an environment in which that success may be achieved. As part of the commitment to help all students reach their full academic potential, Brown offers equal educational opportunities and reasonable accommodations for the needs of qualified students with disabilities in accordance with the law. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, recently reinforced by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, maintains that no qualified individual with disabilities shall, solely on the basis of their disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity in higher education.
In keeping with its commitment to students with disabilities, Brown University provides support services necessary to enable them to develop their maximum academic potential. Services for these students are provided by various offices of the University and coordinated by Student and Employee Accessibility Services (SEAS) in the Office of Student Life.
Brown University neither imposes accommodations on students nor pre-empts their responsibility to disclose and define one's disability and one's need for accommodation. Self-identifying a disability, and asking for accommodation, are personal decisions. If a student requests accommodations at Brown he or she is responsible for completing the process of registering with Student and Employee Accessibility Services. Although the SEAS assists students with disabilities with many tasks, it is up to the student to take the initiative and remain actively involved in the accommodation process. Please refer to the section entitled "Student Responsibilities" for further information.
In addition to the existing support services provided by the University, faculty and staff also play an integral role in the success of students with disabilities. The purpose of this handbook, therefore, is to heighten awareness about disabilities and to provide basic information such that both you and the students can benefit.