If a student registered with the Center for Disability Services (CDS) presents an accommodation memorandum with the phrase:
“In the event of an emergency, please call AUM Campus Police at 244-3424. See student for details.”
The student and faculty should engage in dialogue at the presentation of the accommodation memo. The following points provide some guidelines for the discussion:
Although students do not have to disclose the exact nature of their disability, CDS staff encourages students to share information so that instructors can be better prepared to assist in the event of an emergency or distress.
During your discussion, it would be good at to learn about the nature of illness/condition or frequency of episodes and how often students anticipate a potential problem. Some episodes may be intermittent and others at times more often.
Faculty should be aware of student distress signs. Although it is clear when a student is not responsive or requests assistance, students should be able to describe specific signs and symptoms that indicate they need immediate assistance.
Faculty should follow Auburn University Montgomery emergency preparedness procedures, but they may also discuss important instructions students offer. For example, what to do in the time period while waiting for help to arrive and/or actions that should or should NOT be taken while a student waits for a seizure or other conditions to resolve.
For any perceived emergency, if you are uncomfortable or distressed by a student’s condition, the first step is to contact AUM Campus Police at 244-3424.
When reporting the emergency, it is important to indicate specific evacuation needs that you and the student discussed during the beginning of the semester. These may include use of a wheelchair or other aids, vision impairment issues, use of a respirator, breathing and stamina difficulties, etc. Students are encouraged to develop an emergency plan or strategy in advance and discuss this with you.
For further information, review AUM emergency preparedness guidelines at: http://www.aum.edu/about-aum/public-safety/emergency-preparedness/medical.
(Adapted from Auburn University, Office of Accessibility, revised 8/21/2019)