Faculty/Student Responsibilities

Faculty Responsibility

It is the responsibility of the ODS to review student documentation and determine the appropriate accommodations. The ODS also works with the faculty regarding the provision of the accommodations. The ODS will work to ensure access throughout the campus for students who have a disability.

Faculty members are required to implement accommodations for students registered with the Office of Disability Services. However, the accommodations should not compromise the academic quality of the course. The students with disabilities must reach the same performance standards as the non-disabled students. Faculty should refrain from discussing a student’s issues regarding disabilities and accommodations in front of the class, in the presence of other students, or to faculty or staff not directly involved in the accommodation process.

Some common academic accommodations may include but are not limited to: extended test and exam time, course information and reading lists in advance of classes, classroom relocation, permission to tape record classes, a note taker, a private area to take tests with a note taker, faculty to wear a lapel microphone (to carry the voice of the lecturer to the student using an assistive listening device) and stenographers to transcribe lectures.

Student Responsibility

It is the responsibility of the ODS to review student documentation and determine the appropriate accommodations. The ODS also works with the faculty regarding the provision of the accommodations. The ODS will work to ensure access throughout the campus for students who have a disability.

Student’s Responsibility

It is the responsibility of the student to identify him/herself to the ODS and to provide appropriate documentation of a diagnosed disability. This documentation needs to be no more than three years old. Given the many types of disabilities, reasonable accommodations will be determined on an individual bases. To provide the most appropriate services, the university reserves the right to review the diagnosis provided by the student and may request a more updated diagnosis to be provided by the student.

It is also the responsibility of the student to contact their professors as soon as possible to discuss their accommodations. The student will need to present their professors with a letter from the ODS recommending the accommodations. If the student needs extended time for test taking the ODS will assist in proctoring when necessary. To be assisted by the ODS the student and professor need to fill out a Proctoring of Extended Time Testing Form and submit it to the ODS one week prior to the exam.

Students must give the ODS permission to discuss their accommodations with faculty members who are responsible for providing the accommodations. Instructors should be given time to review the accommodations. The students are then encouraged to introduce themselves to professors directly and to initiate a dialogue about their particular needs. If students are having difficulty connecting with faculty, they should immediately request assistance from the ODS.

Office of Disability Services

Villanova University
Connelly Center, 2nd Floor
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Fax:     610.519.6524

Stephen McWilliams, Ph.D.
Phone:
610.519.4095
stephen.mcwilliams@villanova.edu

Gregory Hannah
Phone:
 610.519.3209
gregory.hannah@villanova.edu

Matt Marencik
Phone:
 610.519.6491
matthew.marencik@villanova.edu

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Award Winning Documentary

Nick Gaynor & Fran Keanevy accepting JIMMY Medal

The JIMMY Medal was awarded to Nick Gaynor and Frank Kineavy for “Coming off the DL”, a short documentary by Steve McWilliams and John O'Leary's Social Justice Documentary Film Class about Villanova University students who are changing the way people see ability.