Supporting the Whole Student

A successful classroom climate accommodates all students as much as possible. It also improves their learning and performance by attending to their needs.  Below, you will find a number of campus resources whose services address the whole student.  There are, of course, other support services available on campus, and you should explore the annotated guide to campus resources in the appendix to this handbook. Classroom Climate is one of the four pieces of the Fearless Teaching Framework.

Mental Health & Counseling

Located in Shoemaker Building, the University of Maryland Counseling Center provides comprehensive psychological and career-related counseling services to meet the mental health and developmental needs of students and others in the campus community.  The Counseling Center also sponsors the Faculty/Staff Warmline.  It is available to all members of the campus community concerned about a student, co-worker, or any other situation in which they need some expert consultation: 301-314-7651.

All services are free and strictly confidential.  To schedule appointments with the Counseling Service, call 301-314-7651.  See counseling.umd.edu/cs/commonconcerns/ for more information and self-help materials.

Additional mental health resources on campus include:

Students with Disabilities

Academic & Disability Services coordinates accommodations that ensure equal access to University of Maryland College Park programs for individuals with disabilities.  The ADS is located in 0106 Shoemaker Bldg and can be reached at 301-314-7682 or via counseling.umd.edu/ads/

  • Students with disabilities are found eligible for classroom accommodations by meeting with an ADS counselor to share their disability documentation and to discuss their specific classroom accommodation needs. 
  • They receive a formal accommodations letter at this meeting which lists each specific accommodation that has been approved by the ADS. 
  • The students are guided by their ADS counselor through an interactive process in which they share and discuss their classroom accommodations with their instructors at the beginning of each semester. 
  • During these discussions, students give their instructors a copy of their approved accommodations, which should be kept in the instructors’ files.
  • Classroom instructors are responsible for working with the student and the ADS in the implementation of each student’s approved classroom accommodations. 
  • Students and instructors are encouraged to contact the ADS at 301-314-7682 or via dissup@umd.edu if they encounter any problems, concerns, issues, or need further clarification regarding the implementation of approved accommodations.

Accommodations for Classroom Exams

When students have approved testing accommodations (extended time; use of adaptive technology; distraction-reduced environment, etc.) and plan to take their exams in the ADS testing office, additional paperwork and preparation is required.

  • Early discussion between the student and the instructor about the testing accommodations is important.  Students could face scheduling conflicts with regard to extended time testing.  If, for example, a student might have back to back classes on the scheduled exam date and need to reschedule the exam for another time.
  • When scheduling to take exams at the ADS testing office, the student is responsible for providing the instructor with a Test Authorization Form approximately five (5) days before the exam date.  The Test Authorization Form is designed to be completed by the instructor with specific testing instructions and to be delivered to the ADS Testing office along with the exam. Forms are available at counseling.umd.edu/ads/ .
  • Students can take accommodated classroom exams in the classroom building as long as the instructor is able to provide the approved accommodations listed on the student’s letter.