4/09/21 Academic Affairs Brief

Faculty & Academic Staff Email Updates Sent Bi-Weekly

This Brief Includes:

  • Student Eligibility For Vaccination Email
  • SGA Wellness Wednesday Survey Results
  • FAQ’s From The Office Of Accessibility
  • Champlain in the News: Champlain Collaborates With MGH and Harvard Medical School to Enhance Well-being on Campus

Faculty Brief Email Archive


  • 04/09 - Last day to withdraw from a class or the College

  • 04/12-04/23 Registration for Summer and Fall 2021


Yesterday students received an email update about their eligibility for vaccination from Annika Hawkins-Hilke, Medical Director. The email outlines students who are currently eligible and when additional students can register for a vaccine. The email is available here.


The SGA distributed a survey to students in late January and early February of 2021 to ask about how students are using their time away from class on Wednesdays. The survey had 328 responses. A summary of the survey results is available here.


Below are a few frequently asked questions and answers from the Office of Accessibility. These FAQ’s are also published on Faculty Central for future reference.

One of my students said they used accommodations in the past and asked me to provide them this semester. However, I have not received a letter of accommodation from the Office of Accessibility. Should I still provide the accommodations?

Unless a faculty member receives a letter of accommodation from the Office of Accessibility, they should not provide the accommodation that the student is requesting. Please refer the student to the Office of Accessibility and ask that they meet with us to discuss their accommodations. Faculty can let the student know that they would be happy to provide the accommodation once a letter of accommodation has been received.

Office of Accessibility contact information:

Phone: (802) 865-5764

Email: accessibility@champlain.edu

I received a letter of accommodation for one of my students, but the student has not approached me to discuss their accommodations. What should I do?

When the Office of Accessibility staff meets with students to discuss their letter of accommodations, students are told that they are expected to and need to meet with each of their faculty members to discuss the accommodations. It is an important part of the process. It allows the faculty member to ask questions and to determine the best course moving forward for accommodations such as testing or note-taking assistance.

Please contact the Office of Accessibility if you have not heard from or met with the student to discuss their accommodation letter. We can reach out to the students to help facilitate a meeting.

*While we ask the students to meet with their instructors and try to help facilitate a meeting if a student has not followed through, a student cannot be denied their accommodations if they never meet 1:1 with the instructor.

I am concerned because there is an accommodation listed that I have never seen. I am not sure how to help provide the accommodation, what should I do?

There are times when faculty members will encounter an accommodation that they have never seen. When that happens, please contact the Office of Accessibility to discuss the concerns. We are happy to discuss the need for the accommodation and help you understand how you can provide the accommodation in your classroom.

One of my students has been missing class a lot, and they have the accommodation of flexibility of attendance policy. Can I talk to the student about my concerns about them missing so much class, or does the accommodation not allow those questions?

While the flexibility of attendance does allow students to miss class without penalty, the accommodation is meant to be used sparingly throughout the semester. If faculty have concerns about a student missing a lot of class time, please contact the Office of Accessibility to express your concerns. We will reach out to the student to discuss your concerns and try to understand why the student is missing so much class.

I have a student that I am concerned about in my class. I feel like they could really use help from the Office of Accessibility, but I am not sure how to approach them about it. Can I express my concerns and refer them to the Office of Accessibility?

Faculty are always welcome to refer students to the Office of Accessibility, and we appreciate the referrals. If a faculty member thinks a student would benefit from our services, please discuss this with the student during a private meeting with them. Faculty can mention their concerns and discuss resources on campus that might be helpful to the student. One of the offices mentioned can be the Office of Accessibility. It can be mentioned that our office might be able to discuss services or resources that would be helpful to the student without expressing that you believe they have a disability. Still, please feel free to contact our office to discuss your concerns with a student, and we can help guide you on how to approach them and what you could say to the student.

I have concerns about an accommodation listed on a letter of accommodation. I feel like it may alter a course or learning objective for my course. What do I do?

There may be a time when an accommodation fundamentally alters a course/learning objective in a course. If a faculty member feels that is the case, please contact the Office of Accessibility to discuss. We are happy to meet with you to discuss your concerns, review the course syllabus, and discuss other accommodation options that will fulfill the student’s need.


Champlain has been in the news for its collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School to promote well-being on campus. Check out the coverage on the View, Local 22/44 News, and Good Morning America.


Important Dates

  • 04/09 - Last day to withdraw from a class or the College

  • 04/12-04/23 Registration for Summer and Fall 2021

  • 04/28 - Last day to request an incomplete grade for Spring 2021

  • 04/30 - Last day to request a medical withdrawal

  • 04/30 - Last day of classes

  • 05/03 - 05/07 - Finals Week (This is the same as week 15, normal class schedule)

  • 05/09 - Final grades due

  • 05/15 - Commencement