Conversations and Syllabus Statement | Webster University

Conversations and Syllabus Statement

When students register with the ARC, they are encouraged to advocate for themselves. It is easier for them to do so, however, when faculty include a statement expressing their willingness to discuss needs for accommodations with students.

It is often not enough for the instructor to state this to the class orally because some students with disabilities need visual input to register what is going on when they are under stress. It is, however, important that such a discussion take place.

Once the instructor has received a notification of disability accommodations, s/he is entitled to open a private conversation with the student about his/her accommodations and needs in the classroom. Many instructors believe that they are legally barred from speaking to a student with disabilities until the student speaks to them. That is not the case. Since the student has given permission for notifications to be sent out, the notification is itself an invitation to dialogue. Students are also advised to open conversations with their instructors, but many find it a relief to have instructors confirm that they have received a notification and are willing to help!

A private meeting between the instructor and the student helps to establish a collaborative relationship and offers instructors an opportunity to clarify questions about student needs and students to get a better idea of class expectations and instructional format. This makes it much easier for both to predict the particular accommodations the student will need in the course.

Below is our recommended statement with regard to accessing academic accommodations. You may contact the Academic Resource Center for further suggestions.

Academic Accommodations

Webster University makes every effort to accommodate individuals with academic/learning, health, physical and psychological disabilities. To obtain accommodations, students must identify themselves and provide documentation from a qualified professional or agency to the appropriate campus designee or the Academic ADA Coordinator at the main campus. The Academic ADA Coordinator may be reached at 314-246-7700 or

If you have already identified as a student with a documented disability and are entitled to classroom or testing accommodations, please inform the instructor of the accommodations you will require for this class at the beginning of the course.

Academic Resource Center

Additional support and resources may be accessed through the Academic Resource Center (ARC). Support and resources include academic counseling, accommodations, assistive technology, peer tutoring, plagiarism prevention, testing center services, and writing coaching. Visit or Loretto Hall 40 on the main campus for more information.