Based on the nature of a student’s disability, absences from class may occur unexpectedly impacting regular class attendance and participation. Although class attendance is not a University requirement, we understand that participation may be used as part of the student’s course grade. While faculty are not required to alter the essential elements or the learning outcomes of the course, flexibility in achieving outcomes or alternate opportunities to complete course requirements may be necessary.
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has notified higher education institutions that once approved for the academic adjustment of absences from class; students cannot negotiate the coordination of this accommodation directly with their faculty. In other words, CSD is required to engage each faculty member who has a student approved for absences from class to determine: 1) the appropriateness of this adjustment in the course; 2) the nature of the course and how it is taught, including assessments; and 3) how many absences are reasonable without fundamentally altering the course or compromising the technical standards of the program.
A CSD Accommodations Coordinator will contact instructors to discuss the essential objectives and components of a course including the core learning outcomes, skills and knowledge the student must demonstrate with or without accommodations. Additionally, CSD will work with instructors to determine the number of absences from class that will not fundamentally alter the requirements of the course. Once an appropriate plan has been discussed, a Course Modification agreement will be provided to instructors and the student.
Contact the student’s Disability Service Professional (DSP) at the CSD, or Jennifer Lucia, Associate Director, at (860) 486-2020 or Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding this accommodation.
- Meet with your Disability Service Professional at the CSD to discuss the absences from class each semester;
- Attend class as much as possible;
- Notify instructors of a disability-related absence as outlined in the Course Modification Agreement;
- Complete all course requirements;
- Contact your Disability Service Professional if you are absent from class more than is outlined in the Course Modification Agreement.
- Meet with the student to discuss whether flexibility with class attendance is an appropriate accommodation for each class each semester;
- Initiate and engage in a deliberative and interactive process with students and faculty to assure reasonable and appropriate academic adjustments;
- Work with faculty to determine alternatives for completing course requirements which may include flexibility with assignment due dates, make-up quizzes/exams, alternative assignments as outlined in the agreement;
- Document the Course Modification Agreement between the student, faculty and CSD regarding approved adjustments.
- Determining alternatives for completing course requirements which may include flexibility with assignment due dates, make-up quizzes/exams, alternative assignments as outlined in the agreement;
- Implementing the Course Modification Agreement without grading penalty;
- Contact the student and their Disability Service Professional if the student is absent from class more than is outlined in the Course Modification Agreement.