One aspect of creating an inclusive and welcoming classroom is including a statement in your syllabus that addresses students with disabilities. Below are two examples. Please be sure to include one of these statements, or something similar, in all your course syllabus.
SAMPLE SYLLABUS STATEMENT 1
Rutgers University welcomes students with disabilities into all of the University's educational programs. In order to receive consideration for reasonable accommodations, a student with a disability must contact the appropriate disability services office at the campus where you are officially enrolled, participate in an intake interview, and provide appropriate documentation: https://radr.rutgers.edu/student/documentation-guidelines-and-principles. If the documentation supports your request for reasonable accommodations, your campus’s Office of Disability Services will provide you with a Letter of Accommodations. Please share this letter with your instructors and discuss the accommodations with them as early in your courses as possible. To begin this process, please complete the registration form (https://webapps.rutgers.edu/student-ods/forms/registration).
SAMPLE SYLLABUS STATEMENT 2
Rutgers University is committed to the creation of an inclusive and safe learning environment for all students, and welcomes students with disabilities into all the University's educational programs. The Office of Disability Services (ODS) is responsible for the determination of appropriate accommodations for students who encounter barriers due to disability. Once a student has completed the ODS process (registration, initial appointment, and submitted documentation) and reasonable accommodations are determined to be necessary and appropriate, a Letter of Accommodation (LOA) will be provided. The LOA must be given to each course instructor by the student and followed up with a discussion. This should be done as early in the semester as possible as accommodations are not retroactive. More information can be found at https://radr.rutgers.edu/student/aboutODS. You can contact ODS by sending an email to the appropriate Office of Disability Services office at: https://radr.rutgers.edu/resource/contacts-rutgers-offices-disability-services