Student Disability Services
Faculty Information

How to Refer a Student:
If a student notifies a faculty member that he or she has a disability or if the student brings a medical statement to the instructor, it is the faculty member's responsibility to refer that student with his or her medical statement to DSSC. Students have the right to choose if and when to disclose their disability. If the student does not disclose then the instructors should respect their privacy and not ask them directly. However, the instructor can say something like, "I see you are really struggling in my class, is there something I can do for you?" The professor can then refer the student to a number of places and include Disability Support Services in that list of places.
Confidentiality Caution:
Students with disabilities are protected under FERPA and the civil rights laws. At no time should faculty make any statements or implications that the student is any different from the general student population. Examples:
  • Do not ask the student to come to the classroom and then leave with the test in hand.
  • Do not place the student in the hall or any other obvious place to take an exam because you want to be close to them in case they have a question.
  • Do not ask the student for documentation other than the letter from Disability Support Services Center.
  • Do not discuss the student's needs or accommodations other than in a private place. 
  • Do not make comparisons between students and their needs.
  • Do not use a grading standard that is any different from the rest of the class.
  • Do not give students with disabilities an advantage over the rest of the class; the idea of the law is to give equal access or equal opportunity provided through the recommended accommodations.
Challenging Accommodations:
One of the roles of the DSSC is to support faculty by not only collaborating to provide academic adjustments but to advise the faculty of their obligations and their rights. A faculty member has the right to challenge an accommodation request if he or she believes:
  1. the student is not qualified. 
  2. the accommodation would result in a fundamental alteration of the program. 
  3. the college is being asked to address a personal need. 
  4. the accommodation would impose an undue financial or administrative burden.
A faculty member who believes that a request for a specific accommodation is unreasonable should contact DSSC to discuss concerns. Denying a request for accommodation is a decision with potential legal implications for BCCC as a whole. Refusal to provide reasonable accommodations in a timely manner is a form of illegal disability discrimination. Thus consultation with DSSC must take place before denying an accommodation to assure that the decision complies with federal and state laws and college policy.