Information for Faculty

Partnerships with Faculty

OAS welcomes collaboration with faculty in a multitude of ways. If you have a student you think would benefit from a one-on-one tutoring session or group tutoring session at the OAS, please direct the student to our office. For a broader range of support, OAS offers in-class mini-workshops and achievement support collaborative workshops. Contact us to arrange one addressing your course or assignment needs. We also offer review sessions in economics as well as customized support for language learners.

Faculty Protocol for Providing Academic Accommodations 

Georgetown University abides by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable academic accommodations for otherwise qualified students with documented learning differences or medical conditions. If a student in your class has a documented learning disability or medical condition that makes them legally eligible for academic accommodations, and they approach you to discuss this, please observe the following protocol from the very beginning of each semester.

  • Read the accommodation letter with the student.
  • Discuss the accommodations and determine any potential impact on your class.
  • Agree to the conditions, sign the letter, keep a copy for your reference, and return the original to the student.
  • Ask the student about their individual learning needs and how you can work together to ensure the student is able to perform to their best ability in your class.
  • Respect the student's legal right to confidentiality by not discussing the student's case with anyone other than those authorized in writing by the student, and handle the accommodation letter with confidentiality.

If the accommodation letter states that the student is eligible for the note-taking service, it is important for you to act on this as soon as possible and no later than the second week of class.  Options for fulfilling this accommodation include:

  • Providing notes, power point slides, or class outlines to the student.
  • Allowing audio recording of lectures, or the use of a “smart pen.”
  • Requesting another student to be the note taker (for which a stipend is available).
  • Record the lectures yourself and have them transcribed.

For students eligible for extended-time or distraction reduced testing, OAS offers three testing rooms where students can take exams.  When we receive a request, OAS will confirm the details with you, request instructions for the student and contact information for you in case the student has a question, ask that the exam be emailed or dropped off to Laura Hiatt 48 hours ahead of the exam, and confirm delivery or pickup. 

Students must request an exam in OAS at least 7 days ahead of an exam through our website. Due to the small size of our staff, OAS may not be able to accommodate a student who does not abide by the timeline.

If exam dates are already scheduled for classes requiring an accommodation for a student, please provide this information to Laura Hiatt, Associate Director of Academic Services, at your earliest convenience. Final exams and midterms should be arranged as soon as they are scheduled.  

Faculty Rights

  • Request verification of student's eligibility for any requested accommodations.
  • Expect the student to initiate accommodation requests. The student is advised to present an accommodation letter to you during the first two weeks of the semester.
  • Expect the student and the OAS to work with you to coordinate the provision of the appropriate accommodations.

Faculty Responsibility

  • Implementing a student's accommodations as outlined in the letter from the OAS.
  • Contacting the OAS if the accommodations require clarification, or if the professor has any concerns about the student's progress.
  • Maintaining a student's confidentiality.
  • Not asking students about the nature of the disability and if the students choose to do share information, treat that information confidentially.

For clarifications or concerns about the need for a specified accommodation, or for clarifications about arranging or administering an accommodated test, please contact Laura Hiatt.