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Document Accessibility Information for Instructors

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Syllabi

If proactivity, clear course expectations, and a complete syllabus are crucial for all students' success, they are even more important for students with disabilities. University policy states that instructors have complete syllabi available the first day of class.

For assignments that are due the first two weeks of class, DS Document Conversion needs the syllabus and materials before classes start. A student with a disability may require a syllabus up to two weeks in advance of the first class.

Please prepare your syllabi as proactively as possible and include the following information:

¹Please aviod vague timelines like “Week 5” and include actual dates.

²University of Minnesota policy states that all business communication utilize a secure University email address - a policy especially important to protect the privacy of students with disabilities.

DS Disability Document Conversion sets timelines for completion of document conversion requests based on when the request is submitted, when all materials are received, and/or the reading schedule as indicated in the syllabus. DS Document Conversion gives priority to required course readings and will complete optional readings as resources allow. It is the instructor's responsibility to work with the student and DS Document Conversion to clarify priorities.

How to promote accessibility of classroom materials:

When Selecting Textbooks and Readings: Avoid Poor Original Copy

Whenever possible, please avoid using documents with these characteristics:

When working with Document Conversion and Disability Services Include Disability Services on your Syllabi

Disability Services recommends that all University instructors use the following statement on their course syllabi to inform students of the instructor’s willingness to provide reasonable accommodations:

The University of Minnesota is committed to providing all students equal access to learning opportunities. Disability Services is the campus office that works with students who have disabilities to provide and/or arrange reasonable accommodations. Students registered with Disability Services, who have a letter requesting accommodations, are encouraged to contact the instructor early in the semester. Students who have, or think they may have, a disability (e.g. psychiatric, attentional, learning, vision, hearing, physical, or systemic), are invited to contact Disability Services for a confidential discussion at 612-626-1333 (V/TTY) or ds@umn.edu. Additional information is available at the DS website http://ds.umn.edu.

In June 2006 the Provost’s Committee on Student Mental Health developed and endorsed the use of the following syllabus statement to inform students of campus resources:

As a student you may experience a range of issues that can cause barriers to learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance or reduce your ability to participate in daily activities. University of Minnesota services are available to assist you with addressing these and other concerns you may be experiencing. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential mental health services available on campus via www.mentalhealth.umn.edu