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Information for Faculty

Syllabus Statement

To better serve students and to avoid confusion, faculty members may wish to include a disability statement on their syllabus such as:

Students with disabilities who believe they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the Student Disability Access Office at (919) 668-1267 as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations can be implemented in a timely fashion.

Additional Information 

The Student Disability Access Office (SDAO) has been charged by Duke University with the responsibility of exploring possible coverage and reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities for purposes of Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.

Disability status and reasonable accommodation decisions are made by the SDAO for students across the university including undergraduates, graduates, professional, continuing education, visiting and inter-institutional as well as students attending the Watts School of Nursing and the Talent Identification Program (TIP).

The SDAO provides and coordinates accommodations, support services and programs that enable students with disabilities to maximize the quality of their experience at Duke University by preventing discrimination and providing equal access to Duke programs, services, and activities.

As Duke University continues its efforts to welcome individuals with disabilities, the number of qualified students with disabilities has continued to increase. In order for the University to ensure timely exploration of necessary accommodations, academic units have identified individuals to serve as Disability Service Liaisons who work in collaboration with the Director of the Student Disability Access Office. 

Disabilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD)
  • Learning Disabilities (aka Learning Disorders)
  • Psychological Disorders (including Autism Spectrum Disorders)
  • Visual Impairments
  • Hearing Impairments
  • Mobility Impairments
  • Chronic Health Disorders

How faculty is informed:
Faculty members of students who are registered with the SDAO and approved to receive classroom accommodations who are:

  • Undergraduate students attending Trinity College and the Pratt School of Engineering will receive a letter from the Disability Coordinator with information regarding the approved accommodation.
  • Graduate, Professional, Watts School of Nursing, TIP will be contacted by the student’s disability liaison.
  • Students not registered with the SDAO who request a classroom accommodation should be referred to our office to ensure that Duke University is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and ADA Amendments Act.

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