College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Department of Mathematics

 

Departmental Student Disability Accommodation Policy

 

If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact the instructor early in the semester so that your learning needs may be appropriately met. You will need to provide documentation of your disability to Student Disability Resources (SDR) Office, located on the main floor of the Student Services Building, Room 1076, 515-294-6624.

Melanie Erickson is the Disability Liaison for the Mathematics Department.  She is in 396E Carver.  You can reach her at merick@iastate.edu or at 294-0393.

Accommodation procedure

  • Student will present completed Student Academic Accommodation Request (SAAR) form to instructor for instructor’s approval and signature. The form needs to be presented to the instructor in his/her office (not in the classroom).
  • Instructor will retain a copy of signed SAAR form and give copies back to student. 
  • The faculty should submit a photocopy of the signed form to Disability Liaison, Melanie Erickson, in the main office.
  • The faculty will provide copies of the signed form to any TA’s teaching a recitation for the student.
  • Student will keep a copy of a fully executed SAAR form and return the other copies to Student Disability Resources (SDR) to complete the process
  • SDR will send the yellow copy of the fully executed form to the Math Disability Liaison.
  • Math Disability Liaison will keep a copy of the fully executed accommodation forms in a confidential file in the department office.

Test accommodations

Extended time*: To schedule a room to provide time extension on tests and/or quizzes faculty may employ any of the following means or combination of means:

  • Utilize their own office.
  • Complete the Math Room Request Form and turn in to Kristy or Melanie in 396E Carver. They will locate a room in the following order: 1) Math controlled room, 2) Through Room Scheduling, 3) Through Disability Resources, 4) Professor or TA’s office. If room cannot be found, instructor will be contacted to work with student(s) to change time of exam.
  • Allow student to remain in the classroom for the extended time if the classroom is available and distraction free conditions are not required. Confirm room availability through Room Scheduling at 4-5338 or e-mail  roomscheduling@iastate.edu.

* Please note that if a TA and/or instructor are available to answer clarifying questions during the regularly scheduled exam, this should be an option during extended time as well.

Distraction free rooms**: To schedule a room to provide a distraction free/ reduced environment faculty may:
  • Utilize their own office if that is agreed upon by faculty and the student and the room will be available without interruptions.
  • Complete the Math Room Request Form and turn in to Kristy or Melanie in 396E Carver. They will locate a room in the following order: 1) Math controlled room, 2) Through Room Scheduling, 3) Through Disability Resources, 4) Professor or TA’s office. If room cannot be found, instructor will be contacted to work with student(s) to change time of exam.
  • Allow student to remain in the classroom for the extended time if the classroom is available and distraction free conditions are not required. Confirm room availability through Room Scheduling at 4-5338 or e-mail to roomscheduling@iastate.edu.

** Please note that if a TA and/or instructor are available to answer questions during the exam in the primary room this should be an option for students taking exams in distraction free rooms. 

  • Readers and scribes: To ensure effectiveness of readers or scribes, particularly where specialized vocabulary or formula are needed, departments will arrange for readers and scribes.
  • Readers and scribes can be student workers with the knowledge that accommodations are to be kept confidential.  Contact Elgin Johnston, Associate Chair, or Melanie Erickson, Disability Liaison, for assistance.
  • Readers and scribes can be TAs or undergraduate research assistants.
  • In some cases, the exam can be pre-recorded on a cassette tape that the student would play during the exam time.  The student should be consulted on this option.

 

Classroom accommodations

Students requesting note-taking assistance as part of their classroom accommodations will inform instructors via their SAAR form. Instructors should:

  • Provide clear and legible copies of their own notes, if available.
  • At the next class meeting, request a volunteer student who takes good notes and has good attendance to provide copies of their notes directly to the student. The instructor will arrange for the notetaker and the student to meet privately and communicate the confidential nature of the service.
  • Student Disability Resources (SDR) will provide carbonless notebook paper to students for note takers or will cover any costs associated with copying notes. Notebooks can be picked up in SDR or from the Math Liaison.
  • Math secretaries can make copies of class notes if the student brings notes to the main office and indicates they are for an accommodation.

 

Sample syllabus statements

All Mathematics syllabi shall include a statement regarding disability accommodations. Sample statements follow.  These statements can be used as printed or adapted.

Sample statements:

"If you have a documented disability and anticipate needing accommodations in this course, please make arrangements to meet with me soon. Please request that a Student Disability Resources staff send a SAAR form verifying your disability and specifying the accommodation you will need."

 “If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact the instructor early in the semester so that your learning needs may be appropriately met. You will need to provide documentation of your disability to the Student Disability Resources (SDR) office, located on the main floor of the Student Services Building, Room 1076, 515-294-6624.”

 “Iowa State University complies with the American with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.  Any student who may require an accommodation under such provisions should contact me as soon as possible and no later than the end of the first week of class or as soon as you become aware.  No retroactive accommodations will be provided in this class.”

 “This material can be provided to you in alternative format. Anyone who anticipates difficulties with the content or format of the course due to a physical or learning disability should see me immediately in order to work out a plan. You may also want to contact the Student Disability Resources (SDR) office, located on the main floor of the Student Services Building, Room 1076 or call them at 515-294-6624.“

 “If a student has a disability that qualifies under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and requires accommodations, he/she should contact the Student Disability Resources (SDR) office for information on appropriate policies and procedures. SDR is located on the main floor of the Student Services Building, Room 1076; their phone is 515-294-6624.” 

“Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me privately to discuss your specific needs. Please contact the Student Disability Resources Office at 515-294-6624 in room 1076, Student Services Building to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities.“

"If you have a documented disability that requires assistance, you will need to go to the Student Disability Resource (SDR) Office for coordination of your academic accommodations. The SDR is located in the Student Services Building, Room 1076. Their phone number is 515-294-6624, TDD 515-294-6335."

“Please address any special needs or special accommodations with me at the beginning of the semester or as soon as you become aware of your needs. Those seeking accommodations based on disabilities should obtain a Student Academic Accommodation Request (SAAR) form from the Student Disability Resources (SDR) office (515-294-6624).  SDR is located on the main floor of the Student Services Building, Room 1076.”