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Instructor & Staff Resources

ADS Faculty Consultation Line

Call the ADS Faculty Consultation Line at 301-314-7686 and leave a message to be connected with an ADS staff member who can assist with implementing student accommodations. Most consultation line messages are returned within 1-2 business days.

ADS Portal Support

Please complete an ADS Portal Help Ticket for any problems with the portal, either logging in, seeing your classes, or viewing student accommodation letters after receiving a notification email. 

Ally: ELMS-Canvas Accessibility Tool

Ally is the new ELMS tool Ally, which provides immediate feedback on the accessibility of your course content and suggestions for improvement.

Faculty/Staff ADA Procedures

The University of Maryland offers reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities, including faculty and staff. If you personally need disability accommodations in your role as a faculty or staff member, the process involves submitting an accommodation request, providing supporting documentation, discussing accommodations with supervisors and/or unit heads, and implementing accommodations. Accommodation requests are usually processed within 30 days. For more information on disability accommodations, please visit the University Human Resources website.

Campus Resources

Featured: Student Affairs Disability Affinity Group

The Division of Student Affairs offers affinity and interest spaces for all staff, fostering connections within our Terrapin community. Affinity spaces allow engagement based on shared identities historically marginalized, while interest spaces enable informal connections around common interests. Each group defines its community approach, connecting through various activities. 
Explore DSA Affinity & Interest Spaces

Resources to Aid in Working With Students

This group of advisers, counselors and mediators assist with resolving conflict for faculty, staff and both undergraduate and graduate students. Members of the CRN can also help advise and refer individuals to additional campus resources when appropriate.

Learn more about the CRN

Phone Number: 301-314-7651

The Counseling Center’s Warmline is a non-emergency helpline that provides responsive consultation to faculty and staff as well as parents and other family members who may be concerned about University of Maryland students experiencing emotional, social, and/or academic issues.

Faculty and staff are often the first to observe and respond to student problems. The Warmline offers concerned individuals the opportunity to speak with a mental health professional, who can provide support and advice pertaining to student-related problems.

Learn More about the Counseling Center

The Dean of Students Office fosters a community of care and belonging that helps both graduate and undergraduate students thrive outside of the classroom. Personalized advocacy, education and care is provided through student-centered resources, services and partnerships that support academic and personal wellness.

Learn more about the Dean of Students

ESSR provides the UMD community advice and expertise in many different areas related to safety and sustainability. ADS often partners with staff within ESSR to proactively address questions related to accommodation use within hazardous or non-traditional classroom settings (i.e. labs, farms etc.) to develop necessary safety plans as needed.

Learn more about ESSR

The Division of IT (DIT) provides accessibility services, tools, and resources to support the UMD community and ensure that our services are accessible and usable by all community members. DIT offers accessibility and usability testing, remediation tools, and more.

IT Accessibility Website

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including pregnancy and parental status, and requires that all educational institutions provide a range of reasonable adjustments to students who need them due to pregnancy and childbirth. These should be assessed on a case-by-case basis with interactive dialogue between the faculty/staff member and the student.

Pregnant and Parenting Student website

The Office of the Provost compiled a list of quiet study spaces across campus that may be useful for both graduate and undergraduate students.

Find Quiet Study Spaces

The UMD app (available via any app store) is the official mobile app for the University of Maryland, offering up-to-date campus information, and content specific to the user’s experience. The UMD app delivers access to popular campus services and resources, and helps you access personalized information, such as the wait time within any of the campus dining halls.

Learn more about the app

Additional Resources

The ADA/504 Coordinator’s office guides the university’s efforts to move beyond compliance and toward seamless access. As the university’s focal point for disability-related initiatives, the ADA/504 Coordinator’s office collaborates with university offices, government agencies, and advocacy groups to inform decision-making and ensure university compliance with state and federal mandates. 

Learn more about the ADA/504 Coordinator

Select the "Directions" tab, then click the "Accessible Pathways" checkbox to see accessible campus routes. Accessible routing options are currently calculated for shortest travel distances avoiding stairs and undepressed curbs with no consideration of elevation change or sidewalk grade.

UMD Campus Map Website

You can proactively view classroom locations to view and understand the access features, room design and layout before physically going to that location. Please visit for more information.

View Classroom Locations

University of Maryland’s DOTS manages campus transportation and parking services, including accessible parking, and paratransit services for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors. 

DOTS Website

UMD is dedicated to safe and enjoyable dining for faculty and staff with food concerns. The Purple Zone offers allergen-free meals and is open throughout the day. Dining staff is trained in allergen safety, and nutritionists are available to assist.

Dining Services Website

It takes ongoing effort from all of us to create and sustain an effective emergency preparedness program. You are your own best first responder—please use this resource to better understand your role in emergency preparedness at the University of Maryland, and how you can become part of and contribute to our preparedness community.

Office of Emergency Management and Business Continuity

The Office of Faculty Affairs (OFA) offers a variety of workshops, programs, and events to provide professional development opportunities for faculty members and administrators. These programs cultivate scholarly productivity, inform faculty members about the research of their peers, and hone leadership skills, while at the same time providing opportunities of networking and social interaction.

Resources through OFA

The OCC offers support for faculty and staff who seek to improve their communication skills for success in academic, professional, civil, and social contexts. 

OCC Website

UMD has set up a subscription notification system for campus construction notices related to the Purple Line project. Subscribers will receive a text message when a significant sidewalk or roadway closure is scheduled by the Purple Line construction team. The Purple Line is a Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) project and UMD is using this notification system to help keep the campus community informed.

How to Subscribe and Unsubscribe

To subscribe, use your mobile phone to text the keyword “UMDPURPLE” (not case sensitive) to 888777. You will receive a response from “UMDPURPLE” that says “Thank you for signing up to receive notices of planned sidewalk and road closures resulting from the Purple Line construction on the UMD campus.” 

To unsubscribe, text “STOP” to 888777.

What the Alerts Include

The alerts include notices of new sidewalk and roadway closures resulting from the Purple Line construction on the UMD campus.

What the Alerts Do NOT Include

The alerts do not include: 

  • Sidewalk and roadway closures resulting from projects other than the Purple Line Purple Line construction activity beyond the UMD campus. For updates related to the Purple Line construction activity beyond campus, visit the official Purple Line website. 
  • Unplanned and emergency closures

Other Alternatives for Information on the Purple Line

An Ombuds officer, Ombudsman, or simply "Ombuds" is a person who can be consulted by members of the university community who want to get information about University policies relating to their activities or who encounter problems that they cannot resolve through ordinary channels (i.e., student to teacher, staff to supervisor, faculty member to department chair.)* An Ombuds listens to complaints and helps, if possible, to resolve them. Sometimes the Ombuds simply provides information and counseling, or helps complainants develop strategies for dealing with their problems on their own. At other times, when authorized by the complainant, the Ombuds contacts other involved parties and attempts to work out mutually satisfactory solutions.

Learn more about Ombuds Services
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