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Attendance Requirements

Attendance requirements vary widely from course to course:
  • Each class/instructor has different attendance policies which may or may not be flexible
  • Lab, activity and hands-on courses involve in-class learning that cannot be easily made up
  • Some classes, such as lectures, may provide more flexibility
If you believe you will miss class often due to your disability:
  • Talk with an Access Consultant as early in the semester as possible to discuss
  • your previous experiences
  • what you expect for the current semester.
    • bring information about the class, including the class syllabus

In determining a course attendance accommodation, the Access Consultant will contact your instructor to understand:

  • The attendance policy for your class and if there are any exceptions
  • How attendance is related to learning in the course
    • Amount of interaction taking place in class
    • How much of your learning is based on your in-class participation
    • Does an absence compromise the education of your classmates
When an attendance accommodation is determined to be reasonable:

You and the Access Consultant will work with the instructor to define the parameters of the accommodation. For example:

  • How you will make-up missed work
  • How and when you will tell the instructor if you have to miss class
  • Whether there is a limit to the number of classes you can miss and what that limit is

With a course attendance accommodation:

  • You do not have license to miss class whenever you'd like
  • You are responsible for all class work and will need to plan for how you will make-up missed work
  • Extensions for assignments and arrangements to make-up missed tests may need to be worked out individually

If absences become excessive unexpectedly, talk to an Access Consultant about a medical withdrawal, late drop or 'incomplete' as reasonable accommodations.