Faculty Resources

Faculty or Staff who would like to learn more about disability accommodations, teaching strategies to enhance learning for all students, or referral options available for your students, please contact:

Phone: 503 494-0082

Syllabus Statement

Course instructors are asked to include a statement on their syllabus that informs students that they may be eligible for academic accommodations if they are a qualified student with a disability. This statement is important because it sends a message that your classroom is a welcoming environment for students with disabilities and allows the university to remain in compliance with legal statues pertaining to disability law.

The following example of a disability statement can be used or modified for your course:

“Our program is committed to all students achieving their potential. If you have a disability or think you may have a disability (physical, learning, hearing, vision, psychological) which may need a reasonable accommodation please contact Student Access at (503) 494-0082 or e-mail studentaccess@ohsu.edu to discuss your needs. You can also find more information at www.ohsu.edu/student-access. Because accommodations can take time to implement, it is important to have this discussion as soon as possible. All information regarding a student’s disability is kept in accordance with relevant state and federal laws.”

Frequently Asked Questions

To learn more about disability services provided by the Office of Student Access and what your role as a faculty member is in this process, please refer to the Student Access FAQ.

Universal Design of Instruction (UDI)

Universal Design of Instruction (UDI) takes an active approach to making the university useable, equitable, sustainable and inclusive for all students.  The University of Washington's The Faculty Room is a space for faculty and administrators at postsecondary institutions to learn how to create classroom environments and academic activities that maximize the learning of all students, including those with disabilities.

To learn more about UDI, check out these resources:

The Faculty Room: Universal Design of Instruction

Universal Instruction of Design: Definition, Principles, and Examples

NC State University Disability Services Office: Universal Design

Teaching Students with Specific Disabilities

OHSU Equal Access Policy


Religious Accommodations

The Department of Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity (AAEO) will review requests for employee and student accommodations for religious beliefs in a manner that is consistent with state and federal law.

Event Attendees with Disabilities

Event attendees with qualified disabilities who would like to request a reasonable accommodation for an OHSU-sponsored event should contact The Department of Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity (AAEO).