Disability Support Services

Supported Academics and Independent Living Services

For Faculty & Staff
DSS In The Classroom


ADA & The Faculty Syllabus

It is recommended that the faculty syllabus include a statement addressing the responsibilities of faculty and staff in relation to students with disabilities. Here is an example of a statement that can be included in a faculty syllabus:

ADA Acommodations: If you need academic adjustments based on a documented disability, or have any emergency medical information to share about yourself, or need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with the instructor as soon as possible.

When A Student Requests Accommodations

Ask the student if they have a Letter of Accommodation from the Disabled Student Services (DSS) office. This letter describes the accommodations that Seattle Central is legally mandated to provide. Students must present a Letter of Accommodation from the DSS office to receive accommodations.

  • If the student has not signed up with the DSS office, the student needs to see the DSS counselor, before receiving accommodations in the classroom. Please refer the student to our office located in BE1112.
  • If the student has signed up with the DSS office, but does not have a Letter of Accommodation, the student needs to see the DSS counselor to get an accommodation letter for their class. Please refer the student to our office located in BE1112.
  • If the student has signed up with the DSS office and has a Letter of Accommodation, the faculty member has the responsibility to cooperate with DSS in providing authorized accommodations in a reasonable and timely manner. The amount of involvement required is determined by the specific accommodation. The faculty member may want to discuss the accommodations with the student in private.

For questions about the appropriateness of an accommodation, please contact the DSS counselor by calling 206.934.4169 or email alfred.souma@seattlecolleges.edu.


What to do if a faculty member suspects that a student may benefit from the services in the DSS office? Faculty are encouraged to refer students to the DSS office, BE1112. By simply suggesting to the student that there are services that may be beneficial in his / her academic pursuit and a counselor will be available to help determine further steps.

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