Flexibility with attendance and deadline policies

Overview: Flexibility with attendance & deadlines

Class attendance and assignment policies are set by faculty or departments, not determined by the Office for Disability Equity. When the functional limitations of the disability affect student’s participation in their classes, we may recommend consideration for flexibility with attendance and deadline policies as a possible reasonable accommodation.

The accommodation may not fundamentally alter the essential academic components of the class. 

The student must be able to demonstrate competency with the essential academic components of the class with or without the accommodation. 

Instructors do not need to grant retroactive accommodation requests from the students. Thus, students need to notify their instructors in advance and work with them to determine the maximum time that can be missed without compromising the integrity of the course.

Similarly, in the case of requesting extended deadlines as an accommodation, the students need to notify the instructors before the due date and make arrangements with the instructor to determine the new due date. The extended deadlines should not compromise the integrity of the course.

The instructors determine policies about make-up work and missed quizzes and exams. The instructors have the right to hold their academic standard. They are not required to lower or substantially modify essential course elements in order to provide accommodations to students with disabilities.

Discussion between the students and instructors is essential. Please contact your coordinators if any issues or concerns arise.