Faculty FAQ Regarding COVID-19

Is the Disability Center open?

Yes. If you would like to talk to an access advisor, we encourage you to call or email the office.

Will the Disability Center be establishing accommodations for students who contract COVID-19 and/or need to quarantine?

The Disability Center is not handling accommodations for students who contract COVID-19 or need to quarantine or isolate, as they do not meet the criteria for having a disability. The provost has asked all faculty to develop plans for how to support students who may miss class as a result of COVID-19 and to be flexible on attendance policies this semester.

Will the Disability Center be proctoring accommodated exams?

Yes. Students may request to have their exams proctored by the Disability Center.

Faculty may deliver exams to the office or upload exams into the instructor portal. Exams will be returned electronically to faculty unless they would prefer to pick exams up in the office.

Tips and Solutions

Students with disabilities may encounter barriers in the online learning environment. Here are some examples and our recommended solutions.

Extended time on exams

Extended time on exams is a common accommodation for students with various disabilities.

Interacting with computer screens

Interacting with computer screens for extended periods of time can be difficult for student with some conditions.

  • Solution: Provide course materials in a printable format. Consider using short quizzes instead of longer exams and be flexible with deadlines so students can spread out their screen time during the day.

Notetaking assistance

Some students with disabilities may have difficulties obtaining a full set of notes in their classes on their own.

  • Solution: Peer notetakers already established in a course have been encouraged to continue to take notes and share them through our notetaking portal. Provide copies of your own notes and visual aids to complement synchronous meetings (e.g., Zoom meetings).

Following the spoken word

Following the spoken word can be difficult for some students, such as those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

  • Solution: Provide course materials in an accessible format (e.g., captioned videos). Add captions to recorded Panopto lectures and live Zoom meetings. If you select videos or other external content to enhance your courses, we recommend using resources that already are captioned.
    • The Disability Center has reached out to specific faculty who have students in their courses that require captioned videos as an accommodation to provide additional guidance on how to ensure recordings are being captioned and meet ADA compliance standards.

Keep Learning

The UM System has developed the Keep Learning website, which it continues to populate with additional information. This site also provides an article on creating accessible Canvas courses and implementing common exam accommodations.