Faculty Frequently Asked Questions
First and foremost... We are here for you! Please call, email, stop by with questions or concerns. If you would like a group meeting, we would love to oblige.
- We are at the mercy of students disclosing. We do not always know things in advance, but we will work with you as soon as we know what needs there are.
- Students with special needs must meet the same criteria as their nondisabled peers for admittance to EIU.
- Student expectations: Students registered with our office should meet with their professors during office hours and provide them with a copy of their accommodation letter. Students should NOT hand you letters at any other time, they must come to your office unless they email them (online classes).
- There is no deadline to register with our office so you may receive a letter at any time during a semester.
- Often professors will see the same accommodations for multiple students. This is because in k-12 education students with a special need had services to assist with leveling the learning playing field. At this level of education, they must rely solely on accommodations. What works for a student with ADHD, often works for a student with a learning disability or anxiety, hence similar accommodations. There is only so much we provide at this level. Please see it for what it is, a need. Accommodations are based on paperwork from K-12 education, psychiatrists, psychologists, neuropsychologist, MD, therapist, etc. The process is not taken lightly.
- One accommodation you may see is alternate test/quiz environment. This means a quiet place outside of the classroom environment, it does NOT mean individual testing space. So if you have three students who require this accommodation, they may all three be in the same space.If a student requires individualized testing environment, the letter will state that.
- What should you do if you have a student whom you feel should have services, but you do not have a letter for? Email/Call our office. The student could have services and have been hesitant to share the letter for whatever reason, the student may have had previous services, but did not realize we are a resource here, the student may have late onset disability and when we contact them we may be able to get them help.
Please call or email us with any questions, ideas, helpful hints that work for you, etc. We are here as a support for you as well as for our students.
We look forward to working with you!SDS - Team