FAQ'S for Faculty and Staff


1. How are academic accommodations determined?

The student makes a request for classroom accommodations from the appropriate DRC certificated staff member. Reasonable accommodations are agreed upon via an interactive dialogue with students and finalized by DRC.


2. What if I disagree with an approved accommodation?

Professors who have questions, comments, concerns or suggestions on classroom accommodations authorized by DRC are encouraged to contact the DRC professional who wrote the accommodation memo. The DRC office phone number is 650-306-3259.


3. Why am I being asked to provide my instructional materials electronically and in advance of class meetings?

Students with disabilities have the right to receive their handouts on the same time frame as those provided to students without disabilities. Converting text into larger sizes, Braille, tactile graphics and audio files is time consuming. In order to initiate alternate media processing it is helpful to have the:

  • ISBN of textbooks
  • Approximate timelines of dates for starting each chapter
  • A syllabus for approximate dates of assignments, quizzes, and exams,
  • All handouts and supplemental written materials


4. Do faculty members have the right to access diagnostic information regarding a student’s disability?

Faculty do not have the right to access the student’s diagnostic information. Cañada College follows the rules of confidentiality that are described in Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act(1973) and Federal Education Right to Privacy Act (FERPA).


5. As a faculty, how do I inform students in my classes about the services and accommodations DRC has to offer?

All faculty will want to put a statement about accommodations in their syllabus or first day handout to inform students about their right. You can use a statement like this: “Any student who feels he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the DRC by calling 650-306-3259, or visit 5- 303  to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities.”


6. As a faculty member, am I required to provide the accommodations the DRC authorized?

Yes, you are. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 in Section 504 protects students with disabilities. This law requires that qualified students with disabilities get equal access to an education and not be discriminated against in their pursuit of this education. Authorized accommodations are done by a qualified DRC professional in accordance to students’ documented, verified disability and the educational limitations it imposes.


7. I have a student in class who told me he/she has a disability, but has not requested accommodations that I know of. Am I still responsible for accommodations?

No, you are only responsible for reasonable accommodations if requested. If the student has not had you sign the accommodations form from the DRC office, you may want to tell them privately about the DRC office to see if they are interesting in joining the program and get reasonable accommodations.