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
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.