Accessible Education Office (click to go to home page)

1350 Massachusetts Avenue
The Richard A. & Susan F. Smith Campus Center, Fourth Floor
Cambridge MA 02138
tel: 617-496-8707 - fax: 617-496-1098 - tty: 617-496-3720

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Letters to Faculty

Upon approval, and with appropriate clinical documentation, students registered with Accessible Education Office (AEO) receive Letters to Faculty which serve as an introduction to and a way to approach Faculty about recommended accommodations. Letters are given directly to the student who presents them to Faculty members at his or her own discretion. Faculty have no obligation to implement accommodations without a Faculty Letter from AEO which pertains to the current term. While it is expected that Faculty will make all reasonable efforts to provide accommodations, they are not liable for accommodations which can not be made because of delays in submitting Faculty Letters. Wording changes can be made by AEO to letters when appropriate. Letters are good for one term only. Please write AEO or call 617-496-8707 if your Faculty Letters have not arrived.


Although accommodations for all exams are the responsibility of course Faculty, please keep in mind that Faculty members need adequate time to prepare for such accommodations. Faculty Letters must be submitted well before any timed exams or exercises. For example, if a midterm is scheduled for 3pm on Friday and the student informs the faculty member that he needs an accommodation at 5pm on Tuesday afternoon, the faculty member may not be able to secure a separate room in time. While emergencies do occur, please help your Faculty by giving them adequate time to ensure proper accommodations.

Students who have followed AEO registration procedures will receive information regarding alternate classrooms or times, if appropriate. Most AEO-related final exams will occur at a different time and in a separate location, but on the same day as the regularly scheduled exam. If you have not received such notification, please contact AEO or the FAS Exams Office at If there is an error or conflict with the exam schedule you receive from the FAS Exams Office, please notify them as soon as possible.

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