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Providing Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Providing Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Student and Employee Accessibility Services (SEAS) office has an online system students use to request their academic accommodation letters. Please review this information to learn about how the system works.

How faculty can facilitate the academic accommodation process:

  • Have a syllabus statement and make an announcement encouraging students with disabilities to speak with you about accommodations (see our brochure or website for sample text).
  • Maintain and respect confidentiality around disability.
  • Inform teaching assistants involved in exam administration of the approved accommodations.
  • Meet with students during office hours or other arranged times to discuss accommodations.
  • Arrange exam accommodations for your courses.
  • Consult with SEAS if you have a question and before denying an accommodation.
  • If a student’s performance in your course suggests a possible learning disability or other difficulty, please refer the student to us.
  • If a student requests an accommodation without providing a letter from SEAS, please refer the student to us at 401-863-9588 or
  • For more information about how faculty can work effectively with students with disabilities, please visit:

SEAS support to faculty can include (but is not limited to):

  • Consultation if you have a question or concern about a student’s needs or accommodations.
  • Back up assistance with exam accommodations; contact if you need assistance providing a laptop, finding a proctor or securing a space to administer an exam with accommodations.
  • Information about making courses and Websites accessible.

Student responsibilities:

The decision to self-identify a disability and ask for accommodations is a personal one for students. If accommodations are requested at Brown, students must first complete the registration process with Student and Employee Accessibility Services. This process involves providing documentation regarding the student's disability to SEAS and meeting with us to discuss appropriate accommodations. Accommodations are not provided until a careful review of all the provided documentation is made. Guidelines for acceptable documentation may be found on the SEAS home page. The University is not required to provide accommodations to students who have not regsitered with and arranged accommodations through SEAS.

Although SEAS assists students with disabilities in many tasks, it is up to individuals to take the initiative and remain actively involved in the accommodation process. Students are responsible for requesting accommodations in a reasonable time frame so that professors have enough notice to make the necessary arrangements. Accommodations are not retroactive. Students are also responsible for meeting with their instructors at the beginning of each semester to discuss their accommodations and how things will work for the particular course. The student's accommodation letter should be brought to this meeting.