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Reduced Course Load

A reduced course load allows a student to register for a course load that is less than full-time while still being considered a full time student.

A reduced course load is necessary for students who have limitations that make taking a full course load prohibitively difficult. Students authorized for a reduced course load are entitled to all the services enjoyed by full-time students and should be considered full-time students for purposes of financial assistance, housing, and student accounts.



It is the responsibility of the student to provide documentation of the need for a reduced course load.


The faculty do not have any responsibilities for this accommodation.


The services for students with disabilities office is responsible for determining eligibility for reduced course load and coordinating with the appropriate offices to ensure that the student is not penalized for having a reduced course load as an accommodation. This may require an altered academic plan.


Related Functional Characteristics

Fatigue (Physical) : A reduced course load decreases the time a student must spend on course requirements allowing adequate time for studying and managing fatigue.

Seizures : Students who experience seizures may need a reduced course load to manage their seizure disorder.

Blindness : A reduced course load may be appropriate for students who are blind as they may need to spend significantly more time studying as a result of their need to use alternative text (e.g. Braille or screen readers).

Working / Short Term Memory Deficit : Students with severe working memory deficits may need to take fewer courses when they are learning new information as the strategies necessary are time consuming and labor intensive.

Fatigue (Cognitive) : Allowing a reduced course load helps reduce cognitive fatigue by allowing the student to focus on fewer subject areas.

Attentional Underfocus : A reduced course load allows the student to focus on fewer courses and the time required to implement strategies.

Perseveration : Students have difficulty managing a full course load when much of their time is spent perseverating or using strategies to minimize perseveration.

Obsessive Behavior : A reduced course load allows students who engage in obsessive behavior to control their stress and allows time for them to work employ the strategies necessary to deal with repetitive rituals.

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