Faculty and Staff Information

While working at Tunxis Community College you may encounter students with various types of disabilities. Students with learning, health, sensory, physical, psychological, or temporary disabilities are eligible to receive services through Student Accessibility Services (SAS). Students who require disability-related academic adjustments should be working with SAS to receive appropriate academic adjustments. Some students may not be aware of our office and should be referred if they approach you for academic adjustments.

How do students receive academic adjustments from Student Accessibility Services?

In order for students to receive adjustments, they must provide documentation of their disability from a qualified health care professional to the SAS office. They then must meet with a Learning Disability Specialist to establish appropriate academic adjustments. Once the appropriate adjustments have been determined, an Accommodation Letter will be emailed to the instructor that details the approved adjustments. This letter explains the types of adjustments deemed appropriate for that student.

What is the Accommodate Faculty Portal?

The Accommodate Faculty Portal is a feature available in Student Accessibility Service’s Accommodate system. The Faculty Portal can be accessed through the following link: https://tunxis-accommodate.symplicity.com/. From this portal, instructors can sign in with their net ID and password and will have access to view all students enrolled in their courses along with any approved accommodations. It provides an overview that will help keep track of the various student accommodations in each of your classes. For more information on accessing the Faculty Portal, please view the Faculty Portal Demo video.

What types of adjustments does SAS Provide?

Examples of academic adjustments that may be provided to students include but are not limited to extended time on exams, books in alternate format, large print or electronic format of in-class handouts, copies of notes, permission to audio record lectures, Sign language interpreters, and accessible furniture. Students are requested to begin the process of requesting academic adjustments well before the semester starts as some adjustments are more time consuming than others (e.g. requesting alternative format of texts).

Test Proctoring Guidelines

When a student has been approved for an academic adjustment such as allowances for extended testing time, a written “Accommodation Letter” is developed with the Learning Disabilities Specialist. This letter is then emailed to each of the student’s instructors. If you have a student that has been granted extended testing time, please read the Test Proctoring Guidelines to familiarize yourself with the process and responsibilities involved.

Students are responsible for communicating this information to their instructors/professors and for discussing academic adjustment arrangements. However, the Learning Disabilities Specialist can assist students through this process and communicate with faculty per student request and with written permission. Accommodation Letters are available on a semester-basis and are updated each semester per student request.

Learning Strategies

Several staff members in the Academic Success & Tutoring Center provide one-on-one learning strategy sessions in areas such as notetaking, reducing test anxiety, math skills, memory skills, and reading and writing at the college level. Students may request an appointment with a learning strategy specialist by contacting the Academic Success & Tutoring Center.

Please feel free to contact the Student Accessibility Services office at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns regarding academic adjustments for students with disabilities.

For more information, contact the Student Accessibility Services at 860.773.1530 or [email protected].