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Frequently Asked Questions by Faculty

How will I be notified that a student in my class has a disability? 

The Assistant Director for Disability Services will send an Accommodation Request Form to you after confirming that a student is eligible to receive academic accommodations. A student wishing any accommodation or modification must first meet with a staff member from the Office of Academic Services (O.A.S.). The faculty, administration, and staff of Providence College are not mandated to provide any accommodation or modification until the O.A.S. officially notifies them.

Whom should I contact if I have questions?

If, at any time, you have questions regarding the accommodations listed on the request form, please contact the Assistant Director for Disability Support Services at 401.865.1121.   Please remember that any information sent to you regarding a student’s disability is confidential.  If you need to speak to a student regarding accommodations, please do so privately.

If a student in my class is taking an exam in OAS, what do I need to do?

You are asked to deliver your exam to O.A.S. It can be hand delivered to the Phillips Memorial Library, Room 250, faxed to 401.865.1219, or emailed to If you choose to send the exam with the student on the day of the exam, it must be placed in a signed/sealed envelope. Please inform the O.A.S. as to where and how you would like the exam returned. Exams can be scanned and returned to you electronically.

What is my role in providing accommodations to the student?

In most cases the O.A.S. provides accommodations. However, there may be occasions when faculty members will be called upon to provide accommodations directly. For example, the Assistant Director for Disability Services may seek faculty assistance in recruiting classroom note takers. Members of the faculty always have the option to provide extended time for exams in class, provided that they have received notification of the student’s eligibility for extended time from the O.A.S.