CARDS Faculty Information
CARDS Information for Barnard and Columbia Faculty Members
Role of the Faculty
It is the responsibility of the faculty member to determine the essential elements and standards of the academic program or course of study. Faculty should communicate both orally and in writing classroom policies and practices concerning attendance, grading, examination formats, extensions, office hours, and helpful resources so that students can determine what accommodations they may need in a particular class. The faculty must also protect disabled students’ rights to privacy and confidentiality in all communications. Faculty members can also request confirmation of the appropriateness of accommodations by consulting with CARDS.
Though students with disabilities are capable and admitted to Barnard under the same criteria as other students, they may be hesitant to come forward and, facing the demands within a college environment, may be discovering new, different, or unanticipated effects of their disabilities. Faculty can facilitate communication with students on disability-related matters by including a statement in their syllabi, like the below statement:
Center for Accessibility Resources & Disability Services Syllabus Statement
If you believe you may encounter barriers to the academic environment due to a documented disability or emerging health challenges, please feel free to contact me and/or the Center for Accessibility Resources & Disability Services (CARDS). Any student with approved academic accommodations is encouraged to contact me during office hours or via email. If you have questions regarding registering a disability or receiving accommodations for the semester, please contact CARDS at (212) 854-4634, firstname.lastname@example.org, or learn more at barnard.edu/disabilityservices. CARDS is located in 101 Altschul Hall.
The Center for Accessibility Resources & Disability Services is available to consult with individual faculty members and departments.
Topics we can present to departments include an overview of the Center and our processes; developing universally designed courses; managing complex student needs; or any specifically requested presentation related to disability services in higher education.