Based on the nature of a student’s disability, they may have difficulty completing assignments on time. While instructors 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 extended time to complete assignments; 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 this accommodation 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) if due date extensions are reasonable without fundamentally altering the course or compromising the technical standards of the program.
A CSD Accommodations Coordinator will contact faculty to discuss the essential objectives and components of each 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 specific extensions for each type of assignment that will not fundamentally alter the nature of the course/manner of instruction for the course. This adjustment may not be appropriate for every assignment; if an extension is appropriate, the accommodation should be provided without a grading penalty. Once an appropriate plan has been discussed, a Course Modification Aagreement will be provided to instructors and the student.
Student responsibilities include:
- Meet with your Disability Service Professional at the CSD to discuss extensions on class assignments each semester;
- Complete all course requirements;
- Notifying instructors of a disability-related need for an extension as outlined in the Course Modification Agreement.
- Contact your Disability Service Professional if you cannot complete assignments as outlined in the Course Modification Agreement.
Faculty responsibilities include:
- 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;
- Implement the Course Modification Agreement without grading penalty;
- Contact the student and their Disability Service Professional if the student is unable to complete assignments as outlined in the Course Modification Agreement.
CSD responsibilities include:
- 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;