Occasional Absences

Overview

Attendance and participation requirements vary depending on the nature of each course. For some classes, participation is fundamental to course objectives because students may be required to interact with others in class, demonstrate the ability to think and argue critically or participate in group projects. In other classes, faculty may determine that students can master course content despite some or many absences. The CSD does not have a role in determining the fundamental components of a course, which may include class participation.

In the event a student’s disability may affect their attendance in class, the CSD will engage in an interactive process with the student and instructor to determine an appropriate accommodation. This may include but is not limited to, flexibility with assignment due dates, alternate assignments and/or make-up quizzes/exams. Students will not incur a grading penalty due to disability-related absences. The number of allowable absences and length of assignment extensions depends on the participatory nature of each course. If a course requires participation in activities such as labs, performance-based learning, group presentations, etc., flexibility in attendance may not be appropriate, as instructors are not required to change the essential elements of the learning outcomes of a course.

Contact the student’s Disability Service Professional (DSP) at the CSD, or Jennifer Lucia, Associate Director, at (860) 486-2020 or Jennifer.lucia@uconn.edu with any questions regarding this accommodation.

Responsibilities

Student Responsibilities

  • Meet with your Disability Service Professional at the CSD to discuss the possibility of occasional absences from class each semester;
  • Meet with your instructors to discuss the implications that occasional absences may have on course requirements;
  • Attend class as much as possible;
  • Notify instructors of a disability-related absence as soon as possible;
  • Complete all course requirements.

CSD Responsibilities

  • Meet with the student to discuss whether flexibility with class attendance is an appropriate accommodation for each class each semester;
  • Discuss the implications of occasional absences from class with instructors, including flexibility with assignment due dates, alternate assignments and/or make-up quizzes/exams when indicated;
  • Provide support and guidance to students and instructors regarding occasional absences and resulting course work implications.

Faculty Responsibilities

  • Meet with the student to discuss the implications of an occasional absence from class, including assignment due dates, alternate assignments and/or make-up quizzes/exams;
  • Contact the student’s Disability Service Professional with questions and/or to discuss the implications of occasional absences from class, including flexibility with assignment due dates, alternate assignments and/or make-up quizzes/exams when indicated;
  • Contact the student and their Disability Service Professional if you are concerned that the number of absences may affect the student’s ability to complete the essential course requirements.