WProfessor Spann speaks to a classorking with Students with Disabilities

A number of students at the Law Center have been diagnosed with disabilities, including physical disabilities, learning disabilities, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, chronic health conditions, and psychological disabilities. In compliance with federal law, the Law Center provides reasonable accommodations to students who present appropriate documentation to the Office of Disability Services. The most common accommodations include extended time on exams, classroom furniture accommodations, assistive technology, and use of note-takers.

In the majority of cases, the professor will not be notified by the Law Center or the student if a student with disabilities is enrolled in his/her course, in order to protect the student’s confidentiality. In instances where it is necessary to inform a professor, the student will be consulted first and the minimum amount of information will be disclosed in order to identify a reasonable accommodation. We have found that the need to notify a professor is more common in small seminar classes and skills-based classes such as Trial Practice, Negotiations Seminars, and clinics.

All accommodations and services provided on the basis of disability must be provided by or in consultation with the Office of Disability Services, in order to establish consistency of practice and to ensure that services and accommodations are properly documented.

The Office of Disability Services is available to discuss questions about Law Center policies and services and to consult on disability-related issues.

Syllabus Statement

Faculty members are strongly encouraged to give notice to students with disabilities about requesting disability-related accommodations. Please include the following notice in your syllabus.

“If you require an accommodation to fully access this course, please contact the Office of Disability Services by email or by phone at (202) 662-4042. If you are unsure if you require an accommodation, or want to learn more about their services, you may contact the Office of Disability Services at the number above or by visiting the Disability Services website.” 

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Faculty/Staff Accommodations

Georgetown University’s Office of Institutional, Diversity, Equity, and Affirmative Action (IDEAA) is responsible for coordinating the University’s response to various accommodation requests in accordance with federal and District of Columbia laws, as well as University policies. IDEAA provides accommodation assistance to applicants for employment and current employees, including staff, AAPs, faculty, and student employees. Please read the Procedures for Employees on the IDEAA webpage for more information.