Faculty and staff work with students every day and have an enormous impact on students' experience with education. We offer these resources to assist you in ensuring that all students have equal access to the educational opportunities here at Southern Oregon University.
Training for Inclusive DesignThis free MOOC provides instruction and strategies to support you in developing a course that is inclusive to students with a wide range of abilities, including students with disabilities. It covers effective practices to increase inclusion and avoid some of the common accessibility issues that can arise in an online course. Even though it's designed for online courses, many of the skills and principles apply to face to face instruction as well. Highly recommended.
This statement should appear in 12 font or larger on every syllabus for every class. Include reading it aloud in your introductory session:
SOU Academic Support/Disability Resources:
To support students with disabilities in acquiring accessible books and materials, and in planning their study and time management strategies, SOU requires all professors to include information regarding Academic Support and Disability Resources on course syllabi. It is the policy of Southern Oregon University that no otherwise qualified person shall, solely by reason of disability, be denied access to, participation in, or benefits of any service, program, or activity operated by the University. Qualified persons shall receive reasonable accommodation/modification needed to ensure equal access to employment, educational opportunities, programs, and activities in the most appropriate, integrated setting, except when such accommodation creates undue hardship on the part of the provider. These policies comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1974, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other applicable federal and state regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. If you are in need of support because of a documented disability (whether it be learning, mobility, psychiatric, health-related, or sensory) you may be eligible for academic or other accommodations through Disability Resources. See the Disability Resources webpage at https://inside.sou.edu/dr/index.html for more information or to schedule an appointment. If you are already working with Disability Resources, make sure to request your accommodations for this course as quickly as possible to ensure that you have the best possible access.
Students with disabilities are protected from discrimination and ensured equal access to all aspects of college life by two specific federal mandates; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 , as amended.
The responsibility of ensuring equal access and non-discrimination is the responsibility of the University as a whole. Disability Resources, the ADA Compliance Officer, individual faculty, Facilities, and other staff all have specific rights and responsibilities in that process.
Referring Students to Disability Resources
If you have questions about how to do this, or working with a student who has disclosed a disability, please feel free to call Disability Resources at 541-552-6213, or to email us .
General Points for Faculty
Procedures and Information About Specific Accommodations
Resources for Working with Students with Specific Disabilities