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Classroom Management

The classroom environment continues to change as our students change. There is an increasing faculty need for resources and support in understanding how to identify and triage at-risk student behavior in the classroom. The following resources will support your learning about how to manage crisis in the classroom.


Otis College FERPA Policy

FERPA and Social Media (Faculty Focus, 2011)

“FERPA is one of the most misunderstood regulations in education. It is commonly assumed that FERPA requires all student coursework to be kept private at all times, and thus prevents the use of social media in the classroom, but this is wrong. Simply stated, FERPA requires schools to maintain control over certain student records. These records include medical information, social security numbers, and grades.” 
FERPA does not prevent faculty from assigning students to create public content as part of their course requirements. Faculty who want to incorporate social media into their classrooms should be mindful of the following (adapted from Faculty Focus): 

  • When students are assigned to post information to public social media platforms outside of the College’s LMS, they should be informed that their material may be viewed by others. 
  • Students should not be required to release personal information on a public site. 
  • Faculty comments or grades on student material should not be made public.
  •  While not clearly required by law, students under the age of 18 should get their parent’s consent to post public work.

Disability Services

All students seeking disability accommodations in the classroom need to contact Dr. Carol Branch at 310-846-2554 or e-mail

"From Where I Sit" Video Series

- featuring eight CSU Fullerton students with disabilities who share their experiences in the college classroom. Recorded in 2011.

They tell their stories by answering five questions:

  • What is your disability?
  • What made you decide to come to college?
  • What is it like in the classroom?
  • What do you have to do to keep up with the class?
  • What suggestions can you offer to faculty that will make their classroom more accessible?

It is amazing to realize what we can do as faculty to support student learning.

Additional forms, articles, policies are found in the Dashboard > Staff/Faculty Forms under Menu.

Process For Accommodations

Students go to OwlCare in Otis College Dashboard to submit an application to request accommodations. They select the classes in which they wish their accommodations to apply. When approved, students will receive a letter they can share with their faculty and/or department chair.

Faculty should provide the specified accommodations to students upon receipt of this letter.


Accessibility Tools in the Nest

Accessibility of online course content is an important part of following Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles. Designing accessible courses provides educational opportunities for all students.

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