Instructor Resources

Sample Syllabus Statement

The following syllabus statement has been drafted by the Committee on Access and Accommodation in Instruction, the shared governance committee that monitors university compliance with state and federal mandates to assure that the mechanisms chosen to implement law be responsive to the needs of students with disabilities, consistent with the overall educational goals of the university, and reasonable and practical in the context of the resources available:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison supports the right of all enrolled students to a full and equal educational opportunity. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Wisconsin State Statute (36.12), and UW-Madison policy (Faculty Document 1071) require that students with disabilities be reasonably accommodated in instruction and campus life. Reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities is a shared faculty and student responsibility. Students are expected to inform faculty [me] of their need for instructional accommodations by the end of the third week of the semester, or as soon as possible after a disability has been incurred or recognized. Faculty [I], will work either directly with the student [you] or in coordination with the McBurney Center to identify and provide reasonable instructional accommodations. Disability information, including instructional accommodations as part of a student’s educational record, is confidential and protected under FERPA.

Faculty are strongly encouraged to include this written statement in their syllabus and verbally reference it when presenting the course standards to their classes. In addition, faculty should customize the statement with directions regarding how they prefer students to contact them regarding accommodation requests (e.g., email, office appointment, etc.). Please note that some students whose disability impacts communication abilities (e.g., autism, anxiety) may be more able to initiate communication via email.

Notetaking Accommodation

The Notetaking Accommodation is now handled through McBurney Connect, including recruitment of notetakers and posting of notes for eligible students.

Occasionally the McBurney Center staff will contact instructors to assist in recruiting a notetaker. If a student is interesting in becoming a notetaker, please have them complete the notetaker application in McBurney Connect.