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Flexibility with Attendance (in Consultation with Faculty)

With proper documentation from a medical professional indicating a medical need to miss class, students may be absent without penalty to their grade provided they fulfill all other course requirements.

Students may be absent for many disability related reasons such as illness, flare up of a medical condition, medication side-effects, or treatment related to their disability. Students who need to be absent due to their disability should maintain contact with their instructors. Excessive absences will require consultation between the student, faculty, and service providers regarding the potential for an incomplete grade or medical leave. Being flexible with attendance involves faculty working with a student so they can accomplish the course requirements in spite of missing class for medical or disability-related needs. Faculty should contact the services for students with disabilities office if they have questions concerning flexibility with attendance.



Student responsibilities include advising the faculty and services office of their need to miss class for medical or disability-related reasons. Students are required to provide necessary medical documentation for their need to miss class. They should keep in contact with faculty members about completing course requirements. Excessive absences may result in the need to file for an incomplete grade or medical withdrawal.


Faculty are responsible for coordinating with the student, in a manner that maintains their privacy and confidentiality, about the student's specific needs for flexibility with attendance. Faculty should contact the services for students with disabilities if they have concerns about a student's absence or need information about what to do about excessive absences for a student who has requested flexibility with attendance.


The services for students with disabilities office is responsible for collaborating with faculty and students in allowing flexibility for students with proper medical documentation, and for advising faculty and students about procedures for incompletes or medical withdrawals if necessary.


Related Functional Characteristics

Fatigue (Physical) : Students may need to be absent from classes when medical conditions of a student’s disability or side effects of medication or treatment cause overwhelming physical exhaustion or lack of energy to complete academic tasks.

Breathing Difficulty : Extreme weather conditions and susceptibility to respiratory infections may impact students' ability to attend classes.

Susceptibility to Infection : Students may need to be absent when risk of contracting a virus is high (e.g. another student has the flu). Because of their vulnerability to infection or viruses, they may become ill more often and may be out longer that other students.

Pain Management : Students may need to be absent from classes if they are coping with severe pain related to their disability, or side effects of pain medication.

Seizures : Students may need to be absent from classes if they suspect they may about to have a seizure, or for treatment and recovery related to seizures.

Bodily Function Control : Problems with bodily control are often unpredictable, so the student may need flexibility with attendance rules.

Climate Sensitivity : Students may need to be absent if the climate conditions make it unsafe or painful for them to travel to class or snow removal is inadequate.

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