Access Center- Student Disability Support Services
Access Center Accommodated Attendance Guidelines
Class attendance policies are not determined by the Access Center. Attendance is often an integral component of the pedagogic process and is consequently determined by faculty members. In many cases, attendance is fundamental to the course requirements. A percentage of a student's final grade may be determined by a student's ability to: a) participate in discussions; b) demonstrate the ability to think and argue critically; c) critique a class member's work; or d) participate in group projects. Attendance modifications will be determined by the Access Center on a case-by-case basis, and will include obtaining information from faculty about how class attendance impacts the student’s ability to meet the academic standards of the course.
Students should review their course syllabus for attendance/late assignments/exam make-up policies. If a student believes it may not be possible to abide by a course's attendance requirements due to disability, AND the student has been appoved for the flexibility with attendance accommodation, the following procedure must be followed:
- Submit the Request Attendance Flexibility form located on the Access Center website, under Students. Accommodations are not typically provided retroactively, so it is recommended that students complete this request form immediately following approval of this accommodation or at the beginning of the semester.
- If an exacerbation of the student’s condition occurs towards the end of the semester, they will need to contact their Access Center Coordinator immediately to discuss what options may be available to complete courses. These options need to be considered individually, including the possibility of receiving an "I" (incomplete). Incomplete work must be completed within the specified timeframe or the “I” notation will convert to an “F”.
Even with some approved modification to a course’s attendance policy, students should be aware of the following:
- For certain courses (i.e. labs, studio classes, field placements, etc.), there may be limited or no opportunity to make-up missed classes due to the time-sensitive structure of the course and the academic standards for students to learn and demonstrate mastery in an experiential or practical setting.
- Absences that are not related to the effects of a disability are not included in this accommodation (i.e. absences due to a common illness, car trouble, work, etc.). Students are responsible for following the course syllabus regarding absences due to non-disability related issues.
- Faculty are not obligated to re-teach material missed due to not attending class.
- It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the material and notes from missed classes.
- Regardless of the modification of the attendance policy, the student is required to meet all of the academic course requirements and to complete all assignments and examinations.
- This accommodation is not a license to miss class whenever a student chooses. Most classes have an absence limit that, once exceeded, makes it impossible to satisfy course objectives. Faculty have a responsibility to uphold academic requirements and standards.