Students, Faculty and Staff

What Faculty Should Know About the ARC

The Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) collaborates and serves as a resource for you and students with disabilities in your class. The ARC is the university-designated office that determines, communicates, and coordinates disability-related accommodation requests in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Federal law prohibits discrimination against college students with disabilities and mandates that academic adjustments or accommodations provide equitable opportunity for students with disabilities. The ARC is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to ensure that students have equitable access to their education; partnering with students and instructors to make sure this process is as transparent, responsive, and supportive as possible.

Students with a disability who are unaware of the process may approach faculty about accommodations or academic adjustments. If a student mentions a disability (physical, medical or mental condition) please treat the information they share as confidential and direct them to the Accessibility Resource Center. Do not make disability-related accommodations for students without involving the disability professionals of the ARC.

Students who register with the ARC engage in an intake process with one of the ARC directors who evaluates the student's claim as a qualified student with a disability and engages in an interactive process to determine individual barriers and reasonable modifications or accommodations. Once accommodations are determined, the student can select which accommodations they wish to use for each course via our AIM system. Faculty will receive a notification of accommodations e-mail. Students can register with the ARC and activate their accommodations at any time during the semester. Accommodations are not retroactive and should typically be provided within 1-2 business days of faculty notification. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Universally Designed Information

Below are some helpful things that will make your course the most accessible to the widest range of learning styles and help every student comprehend the valuable information you share in your course.

  • Caption ALL videos. Before purchasing any videos for your class ask for the captioned version
  • Present your materials in a variety of methods including, written, visual, kinesthetic, and auditory
  • Provide copies of notes and PowerPoints to all students or post on LU Connect (Blackboard)
  • Consider developing podcast for lectures including transcripts so students who are deaf/hard of hearing or other learning styles can access the information
  • Be flexible in how your course is managed
  • Organize your information into concise sections
  • Encourage different methods of participation