University of Idaho's Center for Disability Access and Resources recommends that faculty and instructors include on all syllabi a statement informing students with disabilities of their right to request reasonable accommodations in the classroom.
Center for Disability Access and Resources (CDAR) coordinates services to meet the educational needs of students with temporary or permanent disabilities. CDAR works with students and faculty to arrange reasonable accommodations and promote an environment that is inclusive for all learners.
Please include the following statement on all syllabi:
Students with disabilities needing accommodations to fully participate in this class should contact Center for Disability Access and Resources (CDAR). All accommodations must be approved through CDAR prior to being implemented. To learn more about the accommodation process, visit CDAR's website at www.uidaho.edu/cdar or call 208-885-6307.
Referring Students to the Center For Disability Access and Resources
It is not uncommon for students to be unaware of CDAR, as many students did not engage with resources in K-12. Faculty or staff are often the first people with whom students share health conditions and / or struggles related to disabilities in interactions. Below are some resources on when and how to refer a student to CDAR.
- If a student directly discloses a disability or health condition to you.
Example: A student shares with you that they are depressed and on medication.
- A student discloses receiving accommodations or services in the past, either as a transfer student or in K-12.
Example: A student shares they previously had extra time on exams at a previous school or in a past course, and would like to have extended time here.
If you observe a student who is struggling, engage with them privately and share campus resources available. i.e. Counseling and Testing Center, Academic Coaching, Tutoring, Center for Disability Access and Resources.
Be sure to follow up with students via e-mail. See below “Ways to document a referral to CDAR”.
- Email template to share with student who directly self discloses a disability or health condition. You are welcome to copy and past with necessary edits.
Hello (Student) - Thank you for our conversation yesterday. It was great to learn more about you and discuss aspects of the class. I wanted to follow up with information about an office on campus you can connect with to discuss resources that could be helpful in your academic pursuits.
The Center for Disability Access and Resources (CDAR) works with a wide range of students with disabilities and health conditions either on a temporary or permanent basis. Their focus is to ensure access for students. You can learn more about them in a variety of ways: visit their website, complete a CDAR Application, or contact them directly at 208-885-6307 or email@example.com for information and or scheduling a personal consultation meeting.
Alternate Testing Agreement
Instructors may now submit proctoring instructions to be applied to all exams, quizzes and final exams for a specific course through the CDAR Access Portal.