By Lee Trepanier, October 10, 2011 in Uncategorized
Preparing for the spring semester, we have received a notice from the university’s office of disability services that wants faculty to look for certain signs and symptoms among students to see whether they qualify for additional accommodations. I certainly am not opposed to faculty members who want to take students aside and ask them as to why their academic performance is so poor; and I certainly recommend at the beginning of the semester students who believe they require additional accommodations to visit the office of disability services in order to be diagnosed. However, I am reluctant to take these additional responsibilities, as 1) I am not qualified to do so, 2) it is not part of job description as a faculty member, and 3) I am concerned about liability issues apart from the problem of potential grade appeals. To put it simply, I’m not a social worker and don’t desire to be one. I would be curious whether other people have encountered similar situations and how they handled it.