Key Areas for Faculty To Become Familiar With

Disability Services works collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to create an inclusive educational environment for students. Because of this, listed below are a few key areas that Disability Services believe are important for Faculty to be familiar with. We are also happy to create a presentation or speak at your next meeting. We can speak about the disability specific conditions, universal design, or a general overview of our office. Please contact us for further information about creating a presentation that meets the needs of your staff or department at

Academic accommodations mean to "level the playing field without lowering academic standards." This means students are still expected and responsible to master the same content as others. However, the ways in which a student accesses the content may be in an alternate way.

Confidentiality is important and required when working with students with disabilities. Do not disclose a student's disability to another student. Remember, a student with a disability is first a student.

Make a general announcement at the beginning of the semester and include a statement regarding Disability Services in your syllabus.

Disabilities do not excuse students from the Student Code of Conduct. Hold the student accountable and take the appropriate actions when a student violates the Code of Conduct.

Contact Disability Services if you have questions on an accommodation or if you're unsure how to handle a situation. The Disability Specialists enjoy working with faculty to ensure student success.

Mott Community College is required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 to provide effective auxiliary aids and services for qualified students with documented disabilities, if such accommodations are needed to provide equitable access to the College's programs and services.

Mott Community College is a public institution and receives federal financial aid; both Section 504 and The Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act apply.

Disability Services does not determine attendance policies. Attendance policies are created by academic departments and faculty. Disability Services can provide verification that a student has a disability which may affect class attendance to faculty when making exceptions to their attendance policies. Please note that while faculty are within their rights to set attendance policies and excuse absences, excessive absences may have a negative impact on a student's financial aid status. Students concerned about their attendance should be referred to Disability Services to review their options.

Mott Community College has adopted a standard syllabus statement that is mandatory to include on all course syllabi. The inclusive of such a statement protects the College while also providing clear expectations to students with disabilities. The following is the standard syllabus statement - a word document containing this statement can be requested by emailing

Mott Community College is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities and adheres to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973) and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended (2008) to provide effective auxiliary aids and services for qualified students with documented disabilities. Requests for accommodations by students with disabilities can be made by contacting the Disability Services office at (810) 232-9181 or on the web at Once eligibility for an accommodation has been determined, an Instructor Notification Letter will be issued to the student, and must be presented to the instructor. Letters may be presented throughout the semester, however accommodation requests submitted in a less than timely manner (the day of an exam, etc.) may result in a delay to honor the request.

*Please note: accommodations are not retroactive.

Please review the accommodations page for information on commonly used services and accommodations.