The DRS office is providing assistance virtually and in person. We have returned to our office, building 37N, for business. Please contact the office by email at DrsFrontDesk@mesacc.edu or phone at 480-461-7447 to schedule an appointment. DRS is also offering real-time assistance via Cranium Cafe.

Faculty & Staff Resources

When academic accommodations are needed, they are determined for each student on an individual basis by Disability Resources & Services (DRS) staff and designed through an interactive process involving the student, the instructor and any other appropriate offices. It is the responsibility of the instructor to implement accommodations in a timely manner.

Instructors are responsible for:

  1. Implementing the determined accommodations listed in the Faculty Notification Letter (FNL) emailed to them.
  2. Updating syllabi to include the mandatory DRS Syllabus Statement.
  3. Ensuring instructional materials are accessible.
  4. Reading and understanding the applicable laws, regulations, and MCCCD policies relating to students with disabilities.
  5. Referring any student to DRS who are requesting adjustments but does not present a FNL.

We are here to help:

DRS serves as your resource and collaborator in ensuring the academic accommodations are in place and effective. If you as faculty have questions, problems establishing an accommodation, or need help on where to start, DRS is here for you. We provide a variety of services for faculty delivering instruction, including but not limited to:

  • Troubleshooting/assisting with establishing classroom accommodations
  • Providing consultation on various types of disabilities
  • Ensuring faculty have accessible course materials
  • Providing faculty or departmental training and educational resources

DRS can work with faculty to ensure course materials such as printed handouts and digital files are accessible. DRS provides real-time captioning but not transcription or captioning of recorded videos. Requests for transcription or captions made to DRS are forwarded to a third-party and billed to the requesting party’s department.

Information on why captioning and transcriptions are necessary, instruction on how to use and edit subtitle files, and general questions about third-party providers should be referred to the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL). Accessible materials are encouraged at all times as part of Universal Design for Learning.

Review our FAQ page for additional information and clarification relating to the accommodations process.