Attendance is an essential component of post-secondary education. As such, students are
expected to comply with class attendance policies. It is the responsibility of each instructor to notify classes at the outset of each course of the attendance requirements to which each student must adhere.
The University recognizes that there may be times when a student cannot attend class
because of disability-related reasons.
The Office of Accessibility Resource Center may recommend a relaxation of attendance for
students determined to be eligible for such services by the Documentation Review Committee. Once recommended, it is up to the professor to determine how such an accommodation will be implemented in that particular class and must indicate on the instructor-student contract how flexible attendance will be met for that class and professor.
If the instructor wishes to be exempt from a flexible attendance recommendation an email or
letter must be sent to the ARC service provider to take back to the Documentation Review Committee (DRC) for deliberation. Once the DRC has met and upheld the recommendation or recommended another modification to the attendance policy, the ARC service provider and instructor will work together to determine if attendance is an essential element of the course in which the relaxation is requested and what accommodations might work for that particular instructor and class.
Questions to ask during the interaction between the ARC service provider and the
instructor include, but are not limited to:
2.2.a.1. Is there classroom interaction between the instructor and students and among the students themselves designed to meet learning outcomes that cannot be completed outside of the classroom environment?
2.2.a.2. Do student contributions in class constitute a significant component of the learning process?
2.2.a.3. Does the fundamental nature of the course rely upon student participation as an essential method for learning?
2.2.a.4. To what degree does a student’s failure to attend class constitute a significant loss to the educational experience and attainment of learning outcomes of other students in the class?
2.3.A relaxation of attendance policy does notmean a relaxation of course requirements.
2.4.Students are required to fulfill all course requirements and evaluation standards as specified in the course syllabus.
2.5.Students who are approved for this accommodation are expected to meet with their ARC service provider to discuss the determination of reasonable attendance accommodations for individual classes and meet with instructors to discuss approved attendance adjustments for that particular class. For emergencies or unexpected absences, contact should be made with the instructor as soon as possible to discuss the possibility of any make-up work and/or to verify the reason for the absence.
2.6.Instructors are encouraged to contact the Office of Accessibility Resource Center if it is believed that disability-related absences have become excessive and beyond the approved relaxed attendance accommodation.
2.7.Accommodations are notretroactive.
2.8. As with all accommodations, a Relaxation of Attendance Policy is recommended on an individual, case-by-case basis. The implementation of this accommodation is determined by the course instructor and ARC service provider.
2.9. If a student is out of class for an extended period of time due to reasons beyond the student’s control, it is the responsibility of the student to provide any substantiating documentation when required to the office of Disability Support Services. The ARC service provider will work with instructors in determining the reasonableness of extended absences accommodations on a case-by-case, class-by-class basis. Notification of this determination will be provided to the student by the ARC service provider.