CSUN Faculty play a vital role in helping students reach their academic success. As faculty, if you are notified from a student or receive a SAAS email regarding accommodations, you are encouraged to take these next steps:
- Log-in to SAAS
- Select the Task Management tab to view the name of the DRES students' and their approved accommodations in a course
- For an overview of SAAS, please review the Faculty SAAS video.
- Note: If you do not see a student’s information, please direct the student to request their accommodations in SAAS or redirect the student to DRES.
- If you disagree with an accommodation or are aware of course-specific factors that have bearing on the accommodation, please consult with a DRES counselor.
- Review the information below to review how accommodations are provided to the student.
Note: All approved accommodations are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
These accommodations are used to access materials, lectures, and information in the classroom and/or learning environment (i.e. videos, audio recording, Canvas, labs, field trips, etc.).
The following are a few examples:
Adjustable Desk and/or Chair
DRES coordinates with PPM to place DRES labeled adjustable furniture in the classroom.
During class, assist in reserving the adjustable furniture to the student with the approved accommodation. For any questions or issues, please contact DRES.
Alt. Format Services (Electronic Text, Braille, and/or Enlarged Print)
As a friendly reminder, additional electronic course content materials should be made accessible by the faculty. For guidance or more information, please visit the CSUN Universal Design Center.
Allow Support Aide in Class
This support aide serves a vital role for the student with a disability and provides assistance in various capacities to the student during class.
If the student has this as an approved accommodation, please permit the support aide to attend class with the student with the disability. The support aide may not participate in class as they are assisting the student only.
Note: Support aides are employed by the student and are not connected with the university in an employment capacity.
Allow the student to audio record lectures. Recording is completed by the student using a device (i.e. phone, digital recorder, smartpen, etc.).
As an option, you may also complete an Audio Recording Agreement between you and the student to specify the manner in which the recordings may be maintained after the conclusion of the course.
Allow student to designate a notetaker to support them in the course. Generally, most DRES students can independently identify a notetaker in their course. The role of the notetaker is only to share their class notes with the student regarding lecture information.
At times, the student may reach out to the faculty for support in identifying a notetaker in the class. We would recommend keeping the student anonymous when making the announcement.
The following is some suggested language:
"I am looking for a volunteer to share their notes with a student in this class. If designated as the notetaker, you will be eligible for early registration during next semester (or provided with a gift card during Winter/Summer terms). Your assistance would be deeply appreciated. If you are interested, please see me after class so I can introduce you to the student who needs notes."