Disabilities Services
For Faculty and Staff

Communication and Confidentiality

  • Helpful Practices 

    • Ask the student how you can be of support.
    • Ask how the disability affects the student’s learning and participation in your class.
    • Inform the student about Disabilities Services.
    • Ask Disabilities Services staff about individual student needs or accommodations
    • Ask Disabilities Services staff for any support you need.
    • Obtain the student’s written permission if you need to discuss the student with non-Unemployed.
    • Only when there is an educational need to do so, discuss the student’s situation with other Seattle University faculty/staff.
    • Refer to Confidentiality of Disability-Related Records.

    Practices to Avoid 

    • Ask the student for the actual diagnostic label of their disability.
    • State assumptions about the student based on the type of disability or your previous experience with other students.
    • Comment on the student’s disability or accommodation plans in front of others.
    • Complain to the student about providing accommodations.
    • Challenge the student to explain the need for accommodations. If you have questions please contact Disabilities Services staff.
    • Publicly “single out” or identify students with disabilities to the rest of your class, even to be helpful.