With the exception of accommodations for Deaf/Hard of hearing students, Reader Services manages all accommodations that take place in the classroom.
In those rare cases where a classroom environment cannot be made accessible through other means, Reader Services will send a permanent assistant to class for students with disabilities. The role of this assistant can vary greatly, but the overall goal is to simply provide access to inaccessible classroom content.
- Course information
The student must provide Reader Services with the course title, time, and location at least two weeks prior to the start of the semester. This can be sent directly to Reader Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off at the front counter.
- Late starts
If the request is received after the start of the semester, the in-class assistance will begin when an assistant becomes available. Requests are processed on a first-come/first-served basis.
- Grace period
In-class assistants will only wait 15 minutes past the beginning of class for the student to arrive.
- Absences without notification
Students who miss 2 consecutive class appointments without notifying Reader Services, or students who miss 4 appointments over the course of a semester will have this accommodations suspended until they meets with the Reader Services Coordinator.
Role of the assistant
The role of the assistant is to read, scribe, and manipulate items in the classroom environment on behalf of students. In-class assistants are limited in their roles and duties and may not do any of the following:
- Explain, re-word, or assist with assignments.
- Take notes on behalf of the student.
- Tutor or teach any class materials.
- Do personal tasks or errands.
- Act as a mediator between the student and instructor.
The Center for Student Access