The Course Attendance Accommodation is appropriate when a student has a chronic disabling physical or mental condition that is cyclic in nature. The student’s condition is stable; however, there are periodic flare ups that prevent a student from attending classes and are unpredictable. Examples include, but are not limited to: Crohn’s Disease, chronic severe migraines, Sickle Cell Anemia, various autoimmune conditions, Bipolar disorder, panic attacks, etc. Providing documentation (i.e., doctor’s note) to a professor is not required when a student is absent due to a disability flare up.
If a student has been approved for an attendance accommodation, the student must work with each instructor to define the parameters of the accommodation. Once the student and professor form a plan, the student is responsible for abiding by the plan. To be effective, this plan must be established at the beginning of the semester.
The following topics should be discussed to determine the parameters of the accommodation:
- How will the student make-up missed work?
- How and when will the student tell the professor if he or she has to miss class?
Remember, even with a course attendance accommodation:
- Attendance accommodations do not mean unlimited absences.
- The student is responsible for all class work and will need to plan for how to make-up missed work.
- Students are highly encouraged to make every effort to not miss a class on key course dates.
If absences become excessive unexpectedly, the student should speak with a Disability Services staff member about what options may be best given the specific situation. The Disability Services staff can help the student work out these options with his or her instructors.
Please contact Disability Services if you have any questions or concerns about this accommodation.