Division of Student Affairs > Resources > Faculty & Staff > Common Faculty Questions > Services For Students With Disabilities
Faculty receive an automatic email alert at the beginning of the term from the CSD system indicating CSD students are in their course(s). Check your Campus Connection account for a listing of self-disclosed CSD students in their courses and student, classroom and test-taking accommodations.
Faculty instructions for CSD access provide faculty with procedures on how to access student information and test requests, as well as information they need to provide to CSD.
Faculty can access the faculty functions for students with disabilities by logging into Campus Connect. Once there, click the compass icon on the top, right of the screen, then select 'Navigator'. Go to Self Services > Faculty Center > Instructor Resources > Students with Disabilities.
Report any database problems to firstname.lastname@example.org immediately, enabling us to contact the technology department to fix the problem as soon as possible.
Students are issued a range of accommodations based on their documented disabilities and CSD staff observations during their direct work with students. Students access their accommodations at their discretion during the term and may select just some of them for a faculty member's particular class.
In fulfilling accommodation needs, CSD staff work collaboratively with faculty, staff and students. Faculty and staff should readily consult with CSD staff to discuss strategies for facilitating accommodations as well as effective instructional strategies with students. The following is information to assist your understanding of key accommodations that students may use during the term.
It may be appropriate for a student to use adaptive equipment in the classroom, e.g., CCTV, for low vision/legally blind students. Equipment may be independently used at the student's desk or may be placed strategically in the classroom; instructors may also be requested to wear a microphone. In the latter case, CSD staff will set up the equipment before class and remove it at the conclusion. For night classes, CSD is not available to remove equipment at the conclusion of the class, and we ask that you leave it in place for pick up the next morning as this equipment is vulnerable to breakage and expensive to replace.
CSD provides a free loan program of assistive technology for students to support their reading, writing and note-taking. Some of this technology is visible in the classroom; others are not or used out of class. Faculty knowledge of this technology is important for both the professor and the student to ensure appropriate access to accommodations.
CSD works closely with textbook publishers, Learning Ally (formerly Recordings for the Blind & Dyslexic) and other companies to convert printed text to audio files, braille print, CDs and other alternate formatted materials. Some students may need class materials in alternate format, and CSD collaborates with faculty to obtain those text materials needing conversion. This need may be at the onset of the term as well as handouts and exams throughout the term.
CSD provides deaf and hard-of-hearing students lecture/discussion content in the mode of communication that allows the student equal access to that information. This may include sign language interpretation or real-time captioning (CART), both requiring a contracted person in class to work alongside the student as well as equipment set up to facilitate the accommodation. CSD staff will collaborate with faculty to establish the best placement for implementing this accommodation.
Field trips and other out of class activities are also supported for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Please advise CSD at the beginning of the term of planned activities out of the classroom that may require sign language interpretation or other support. Arrangements for this accommodation take several weeks, so CSD needs to know of these activities as soon as possible.
Contact CSD for Special Needs Information
If this accommodation is listed for a student in your class, please contact CSD early in the term to discuss important information and strategies to assist your work with the student.
Many students with disabilities enter higher education and do not realize there is support for them. Others are aware but yearn to achieve without it. And current CSD students need encouragement to discuss their disabilities with their professors, who are eager to assist.
In efforts to reach these students, CSD seeks the assistance of all faculty. We request that you include a statement in your course syllabi with information about the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD).
Following is an example of a syllabus statement for your use; however, faculty should feel free to create your own text, ensuring a comparable message.
Students seeking disability-related accommodations are required to register with DePaul's Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) enabling you to access accommodations and support services to assist your success. There are two office locations:
Loop Campus - Lewis Center #1420 - (312) 362-8002
Lincoln Park Campus - Student Center #370 - (773) 325-1677
Students can also email the office at email@example.com
Students who are registered with the Center for Students with Disabilities are also invited to contact me privately to discuss how I may assist in facilitating the accommodations you will use in this course. This is best done early in the term. Our conversation will remain confidential to the extent possible.