The Ross Center strives to partner with faculty to coordinate accommodations for students with disabilities and to review course design to maximize inclusion. Everyone benefits by incorporating universal design into teaching, including students with disabilities. Universal design describes the design of products and environments that all people can use, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or special design. Within postsecondary education, universal design concepts promote designing the academic environment and curricula to be accessible to all students, regardless of disability status.

For example, curricular design that may obviate the need for individual accommodations include the following:

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Because students and the Ross Center will use the syllabus to determine appropriate accommodations, faculty should make the syllabus available to students as early as possible during the registration period, and before the semester begins. The syllabus should be available in alternate format for those students who request it. If you have questions or need assistance in adapting your syllabus, please contact rossaltformat@umb.edu

The syllabus should communicate information to students about university policy related to academic accommodations and encourage them to discuss these accommodations with the Ross Center. Examples of syllabus statements are:

Ross Center staff are eager to collaborate with faculty to create courses that are more universally accessible, minimizing the need for individual accommodations, and maintaining all essential elements. They are also available to help you develop a course syllabus statement.

Faculty requesting accommodations should contact the Director of Diversity and ADA Compliance in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODI).

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