Faculty Guidance on Students Seeking Accommodations

The University is legally required to provide reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities, and faculty play a critical role in this process.

Students seeking academic accommodations must have their requests evaluated by the Office of Educational Support and Disability Services (ESDS). You are encouraged to include instructions regarding the ESDS process in your syllabus:

Students seeking academic accommodations must submit a “Request for Accommodations” to the Office of Educational Support and Disability Services (ESDS). To submit a request, go to the following website: http://www.umaryland.edu/disabilityservices/. At the bottom of the page under “Quick Links” select “Request an Accommodation”. Please request accommodations as early as possible each semester or as soon as you have determined your semester schedule. Keep in mind that this process can take a while and often requires an evaluation of medical documentation and the results of diagnostic tests.

Faculty must provide reasonable accommodations for quizzes given during class sessions, as well as for graded written work (papers). Extra time granted on written work should be “reasonable in light of the essential requirements of the course.” Deference is given to the professor to determine an extension that is most appropriate for the course.

Faculty should not discuss accommodations for anonymously graded exams with students. To maintain the anonymity of the examination process please direct all questions regarding accommodations for exams to Assistant Dean Michele Hayes at m.hayes@law.umaryland.edu.

If you have questions about accommodations in general or need assistance in providing extra time on quizzes and papers, please contact Assistant Dean Michele Hayes at m.hayes@law.umaryland.edu who serves as a liaison to ESDS within the law school.