Faculty Frequently Asked Questions

The following FAQ's address common questions asked of the Disability Services Associate Director by faculty working with Marquette students with disabilities.

  1. What is a disability?
  2. What are major life activities?
  3. What are substantial limitations?
  4. Who qualifies as having a disability?
  5. What is a reasonable accommodation?
  6. What are academic adjustments?
  7. When is an accommodation request unreasonable?
  8. How are accommodations determined at Marquette?
  9. How are instructors notified about students in their classes?
  10. What rights do students have in their classes?
  11. What can instructors expect of their students?
  12. What about attendance requirements?
  13. What about homework or research assignment deadline requirements?
  14. Are students required to receive accommodations in labs?
  15. How much information about a student’s disability is shared with faculty?
  16. Who pays for accommodations?
  17. What if a recommended accommodation from ODS is not appropriate for a
  18. What impact does FERPA have on this process?
  19. Does academic freedom have an impact on this process?
  20. Aren’t students with disabilities receiving an unfair advantage if they receive testing accommodations such as additional time? Wouldn’t everyone in the class benefit?
  21. If a student is eligible for an alternative test format, how is that done? How would a student receive an oral test, for example, in place of an essay exam?
  22. What if a student is disruptive in class, but has identified a disability? Would an instructor be impinging on that student’s rights? What about the rights of the other students in the class?
  23. If a student feels that he/she has not been treated fairly, what’s the procedure? What are the rights of the instructor if the complaint is directed at the instructor?
  24. If a student appeals a grade and states that the reason the grade is in question is because the student believes he/she wasn’t accommodated, what is the proper procedure to resolve this issue?
  25. What happens if an instructor catches a student engaging in academic dishonesty, and the incident occurs during a test or quiz for which the student receives an accommodation, such as extended time and a separate room? Can the accommodations be suspended?
  26. What assistance is available to faculty to meet accommodation needs, such as appropriate testing space, proctoring assistance, etc.
  27. Are there ways instructors can gear their teaching to help students process and retain the information instructors want them to know?
  28. What can an instructor do when a student will not even try to achieve mediocrity? Can instructors fail students with disabilities?


Our Mission

Marquette University's Office of Disability Services is dedicated to providing equal access within the classroom setting, through the determination of appropriate accommodations, for students with documented disabilities. ODS promotes accessibility awareness through collaboration with campus partners, the development of student self-advocacy, and through consultation with the broader community. Guided by the university's mission, we strive to support the Marquette community in their efforts to educate all students on campus.