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Flexible Attendance and Reasonable Make-Ups

Adjustments to attendance policies and deadlines for assignments and tests can be reasonable accommodations under certain circumstances depending on the nature of the course. It is important that the student and the faculty discuss these issues early in the semester and determine a reasonable adjustment based on the nature of the course. Students should refer to the course syllabus at the beginning of the semester, and frequently during the semester in order to understand the attendance and make-up policies for the course. 

Students who have flexible attendance as a recommended accommodation must agree to the following:

  • The student is responsible for fulfilling the essential requirements for the course.
  • Students must provide Faculty Notification Letters to instructors at the beginning of each semester.
  • Students are expected to meet with each faculty member early in the semester to discuss a plan which specifies how the accommodations can be implemented for the course.
  • Student and instructor will discuss adjustments for attendance, which may include identifying a specific number of additional absences permitted before the grade is affected, assignments to substitute for attendance, attending a different section of the course with the same professor, etc.
  • Student and instructor will determine specific timelines for submitting required work and tests. Extensions for deadlines and tests should be discussed and planned in advance. Instructors need to be informed with enough time to provide the adjustment.
  • If the student will be absent for emergency hospitalization or illness, the student must communicate with the instructor in order to arrange make-up work or agreed upon extensions for any upcoming deadlines to complete assignments or tests.
  • Student and instructor will specify how the student should communicate with the instructor regarding absences (email, D2L, phone, etc.)
  • If medical documentation of absences is available, the student may submit that documentation to the SDS office which will serve as verification to the instructor that the absence was disability-related. In cases where students self-manage their disorder and do not see a doctor for every absence, the student and faculty should decide in advance how determining whether absences are disability-related will be accomplished.
  • Determine how the student will obtain material missed during lecture, e.g. notes from another student, asking another student to audio record lectures, faculty notes/handouts, etc. 
  • Students should not assume that absences will be excused just because they are registered with Student Disability Services.
  • Accommodations are not retroactive; students are expected to meet with faculty and make arrangements in advance if attendance and meeting deadlines are expected to be an issue.

I understand and agree to adhere to the policies and procedures regarding flexible attendance and make-ups for required course assignments and tests. I understand that it is my responsibility to fulfill the essential requirements for my courses and that I am encouraged to arrange a plan with my instructors regarding flexible attendance and make-ups. I am aware that I may contact my Disability Services Coordinator at any time to aid in the implementation of a plan in collaboration with my instructors.




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