Sample syllabus statements

Sample 1

Diversity and disability statement: Our institution values diversity and inclusion; we are committed to a climate of mutual respect and full participation. Our goal is to create learning environments that are usable, equitable, inclusive and welcoming. If there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that result in barriers to your inclusion or accurate assessment or achievement, please notify the instructor as soon as possible. Students with disabilities are also welcome to contact the Center for Accessibility Resources to discuss a range of options to removing barriers in the course, including accommodations. The Center for Accessibility Resources is located in New Main, room L223. The phone number is 651-793-1549 and the email is Accessibility.Resources@metrostate.edu.  

Sample 2

Students with disabilities: If you anticipate issues related to the format or requirements of this course, please meet with me. I would like us to discuss ways to ensure your full participation in the course. Together we can plan how best to design the course and coordinate your accommodations. The Center for Accessibility Resources is located in New Main, room L223. The phone number is 651-793-1549 and the email is Accessibility.Resources@metrostate.edu.  

Sample 3

Students with disabilities: It is the policy and practice of the university to create inclusive learning environments. If there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that result in barriers to your inclusion or to accurate assessment of achievement—such as time-limited exams, inaccessible web content, or the use of non-captioned videos—please notify the instructor as soon as possible. Students are also welcome to contact the Center for Accessibility Resources. The Center for Accessibility Resources is located in New Main, room L223. The phone number is 651-793-1549 and the email is Accessibility.Resources@metrostate.edu.  

Sample 4

Students with disabilities: Students with disabilities who experience barriers in this course are encouraged to contact the instructor. The Center for Accessibility Resources is available to facilitate the removal of barriers and ensure reasonable accommodations. The Center for Accessibility Resources is located in New Main, room L223. The phone number is 651-793-1549 and the email is Accessibility.Resources@metrostate.edu.  

Sample 5

Our university is committed to creating a learning environment that meets the needs of its diverse student body. If you anticipate or experience any barriers to learning, discuss your concerns with the instructor. In addition to speaking with the instructor, the following resources are available to ensure an opportunity to learn in an inclusive environment that values mutual respect.

  • For students with disabilities who are experiencing barriers to learning or assessment, contact the Center for Accessibility Resources.
  • For students who believe that they have experienced harassment or discrimination on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, color, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation, contact the equity and diversity office.

The Center for Accessibility Resources is located in New Main, room L223. The phone number is 651-793-1549 and the email is Accessibility.Resources@metrostate.edu.  

Sample 6

Accessibility and accommodations: It is the university’s goal that learning experiences be as accessible as possible. If you anticipate or experience physical or academic barriers based on disability, please let me know immediately so that we can discuss options. You are also welcome to contact the Center for Accessibility Resources office to begin this conversation or to establish accommodations.

Please be aware that the accessible table and chairs in this room should remain available for students who find that standard classroom seating is not usable. The Center for Accessibility Resources is located in New Main, room L223. The phone number is 651-793-1549 and the email is Accessibility.Resources@metrostate.edu.  

Sample 7

Usability, disability and design: I am committed to creating a course that is inclusive in its design. If you encounter barriers, please let me know immediately so that we can determine if there is a design adjustment that can be made or if an accommodation might be needed to overcome the limitations of the design. I am always happy to consider creative solutions as long as they do not compromise the intent of the assessment or learning activity. You are also welcome to contact the Center for Accessibility Resources to begin this conversation or to establish accommodations for this or other courses. I welcome feedback that will assist me in improving the usability and experience for all students. The Center for Accessibility Resources is located in New Main, room L223. The phone number is 651-793-1549 and the email is Accessibility.Resources@metrostate.edu.  

Note for instructors:

Instructors often provide individual flexibility to all students and, of course, this flexibility should be provided fairly and equitably.  When disability-related accommodations are requested, instructors should consult with CAR staff if there are questions or concerns. If a student is registered with the CAR and has requested course accommodations (i.e., attendance flexibility, course substitutions, exam modifications), a CAR staff member will contact instructors as needed/appropriate to discuss the reasonableness of the requests.

Instructors should not request medical documentation from students, other than documentation related to conditions that are not considered disabilities such as colds or flus, on their syllabi or otherwise. Disability-related documentation, if necessary, should only be reviewed and maintained by CAR. Since many health conditions can be considered disabilities, it is generally best to err on the side of not requesting documentation.