UCF is committed to access for students with disabilities. Student Accessibility Services (SAS) is a resource to fulfill this commitment. By partnering with you, we ensure students experience access in their coursework through accommodations or other outcomes.
One way to show your commitment to access is to include a statement in your syllabus about course accessibility. The Faculty Center for Teaching and learning offers an example Course Accessibility Statement that you can use. For additional information on how SAS and faculty can collaborate, please review the document below and other resources on this page.
Frequently Asked Questions
First off, SAS is a resource for you as you facilitate access and accommodations for students. We know this is a challenging semester. Please contact us if any questions. Also, the most common general questions we receive about accommodations in this remote environment are posted within this FAQ area.
If you are extending flexibility or other arrangements for other students in your classes this semester, we ask that you extend the same options to students with disabilities if the flexibility or arrangements will facilitate access and remove course barriers. Doing so will minimize the need for official accommodations when appropriate. But we will work with you to coordinate accommodations as necessary.
The goal of the accommodation process is to ensure equal access so that students with disabilities do not experience academic barriers within the classroom. We appreciate your collaboration in reaching this goal.
Per the UCF COVID-19 Return to Campus Policy effective 7/31/2020, all individuals who are on the UCF campus must wear a face covering that is not open at or under the chin. Please note that face shields do not satisfy the face covering requirement of this policy. If a student cannot be on campus with a face covering that meets the policy’s requirement due to a disability, other options will need to be considered. It is NOT an option to be on campus without a face covering.
If inability to wear a face covering exists, students may want to explore semester course options with their academic advisors that could be taken in lieu of the on-campus classes for which currently enrolled. Professors for enrolled on-campus courses may have flexibility ideas that they can offer to students.
As an accommodation possibility, SAS can explore whether or not it would be a reasonable accommodation to attend some or all courses remotely through real-time virtual attendance. If students believe they have no options other than possible face-to-face attendance for a course(s), students may contact SAS to explore accommodation options.
Students may want to explore semester course options with their academic advisors that could be taken in lieu of the on-campus classes for which currently enrolled. Professors for enrolled on-campus courses may have flexibility ideas that they can offer to students.
As an accommodation possibility, SAS can explore whether or not it would be a reasonable accommodation to attend some or all courses remotely through real-time virtual attendance. If students believe they have no options other than possible face-to-face attendance for a course(s), students may contact SAS to explore accommodation options. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Remote attendance as an accommodation will only be facilitated if the accommodation is reasonable given the disability and is reasonable given the design of the course(s). It will not be possible in some face-to-face classes to fulfill course learning objectives through remote participation. Courses will have to be assessed by the SAS team and professors on a case-by-case basis.
Courses designed with access in mind from the outset require fewer accommodations and offer a more inclusive experience. The following documents offer various ideas for facilitating an accessible course experience.
Better course design can create better access and more inclusion for students with disabilities. Your course information is important. To ensure everyone in your course can access it, follow the recommendations below:
- ALL VIDEOS should be properly captioned and turned on in class when played. Auto-captioned videos are not accessible.
- Only accessible PowerPoints should be used.
- Pictures and images with words embedded should have a descriptive caption below.
- Images, charts, and graphs should also have Alternative Text to make them accessible for screen readers.
- Check the color contrast of presentation fonts.
- Paper handouts should be available in a digitally accessible format (Word, PowerPoint), upon request.
- Use "Save to PDF" from an accessible source document such as Microsoft Word to create an accessible PDF. DO NOT use "Print to PDF."
- DO NOT use non-accessible presentation formats like Prezi.
Keep in mind, some software such as Microsoft Word and Powerpoint have an Accessibility Checker option. Please be sure to use this feature when creating course content, PDFs and presentations. For additional assistance, contact us.
Knights Access Instructor is an online portal for UCF professors. If you have students in your class who are connected with Student Accessibility Services, you are welcome to use this portal to view and provide information regarding accommodations for students. This is an optional tool for faculty members to use.
The Course Policy Accommodation (CPA) is appropriate when a student has a chronic disabling physical or mental condition that is cyclic in nature. The student’s condition is stable; however, there are periodic flare ups that impact course attendance/assignments and are unpredictable. Please see the document below for additional information in regards to this accommodation.
With the university recommendation that professors work with students to the greatest extent possible (for attendance, missed work, missed exams, etc.) given the COVID-19 realities, it would be best to first consider what natural flexibility options are available to all students in your course this semester. The CPA accommodation should only be considered when initial options available to all students do not cover a specific, remaining concern for this student.
Examples of reasonable Course Policy Accommodations:
Please note, The CPA is not a license to miss class whenever. Most every class has an absence limit that, once exceeded, makes it impossible to satisfy course objectives. Responsibility for completing class work is always in effect.
The link below is a guide for faculty regarding the notetaking accommodation. Contact us if this guide does not answer all of your questions.
If you would like to review the agreement form students sign in order to audio record, please reference the document below.
UCF faculty teaching courses at the Downtown Campus will follow the same accommodation processes as main campus with one change to the Exam Request Process.
Downtown Testing and Accessibility Services will be using a NEW platform, RegisterBlast, to allow faculty to submit exams and quizzes. Please review the instructions below on how to navigate the RegisterBlast software.
UCF Faculty can log in to RegisterBlast using this link: UCF Faculty RB log in