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Information for Faculty

Syllabus Statement

Duke University is committed to providing equal access to students with documented disabilities. Students with disabilities may contact the Student Disability Access Office (SDAO) to ensure your access to this course and to the program. There you can engage in a confidential conversation about the process for requesting reasonable accommodations both in the classroom and in clinical settings. Students are encouraged to register with the SDAO as soon as they begin the program. Please note that accommodations are not provided retroactively. More information can be found online at or by contacting SDAO at 919-668-1267,

Faculty Training Modules

UCSF Medical Student Disability Services (MSDS) and UCSF Student Disability Services (SDS) in partnership with colleagues from around the country (Case Western Reserve University, Duke University, Northwestern University, Samuel Merritt University, Stanford University School of Medicine, the University of Washington, and Weill Cornell Medicine), developed The UCSF Faculty Training Series, an eight part online, video training series to guide faculty who work with students with disabilities. New modules will be posted each month.

For more information and to view the modules, please visit

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.