Accommodations and Suggestions

Syllabus

Accommodations are individualized, based on the interaction of the functional impairment with the course design. It is helpful for students to have access to each course syllabus prior to the beginning of the semester so they can review it to determine needed accommodations. The syllabus should be made available in alternate format for those students who request it.

The syllabus should communicate information to students about university policy related to academic accommodations, and encourage them to discuss these accommodations with faculty. Examples of syllabus statements are:

For further assistance in developing a course syllabus statement contact the Ross Center.

Exam Accommodations 

Exam How-to-Guide for Faculty

Attendance Accommodation 

Students who believe that they cannot adhere to an attendance policy because of circumstances directly related to a disability may seek an accommodation. As with all accommodations, the process for students to initiate a request for attendance accommodations is through the Ross Center. All requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis and in consultation with the course instructor.
If you are contacted by the Ross Center about possible flexibility in your attendance policy, we will be interested in understanding the role attendance plays in the design of your course. 

The following are fundamental questions that a course instructor should be prepared to respond to when asked about recognizing a disability-related absence:

If an accommodation is determined to be reasonable, the Ross Center will work with you and the student to clearly specify:

Please note:

Source: The University of Arizona, Disability Resources <http://drc.arizona.edu/instructors/attendance-requirements>.

Essential Course Elements vs. Accommodations

The following are questions that a course instructor should be prepared to respond to when essential course elements and accommodations appear to conflict?

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Student Plan

The Student Plan is a student-centered, strategic approach to planning for absences and/or extensions on assignments based on the syllabus of a specific course. The Plan is developed after an assessment is completed by the Ross Center that indicates the necessity of the accommodations of flexibility in attendance and/or extensions on assignments.

Accommodation Request: Flexibility in Attendance

What is this?

This accommodation may be necessary for students who experience episodic illnesses. The student is not able to predict when he/she will not be able to attend class, or how many times he/she will not be able to attend class.

How does it work?

The student should request the accommodation through the Ross Center for Disability Services, after completing the registration process. A Student Plan form will be completed by the student with assistance from the staff of the Ross Center, and shared with each instructor. The Student Plan will indicate to the instructor how he/she will be notified about each absence. The student is expected to complete all assignments on time as listed on the syllabus. The student is required to reschedule any missed exams with the instructor. If attendance is an essential course requirement, then this accommodation may not be reasonable. This determination is made by the instructor. The Ross Center staff functions as a consultant to the instructor regarding this accommodation.

Accommodation Request: Extensions on Assignments

What is this?

This accommodation may be necessary for students who experience episodic illnesses, or impairments which affect their executive functioning skills. Extensions on assignments applies to assignment deadlines within one specific semester. The extensions cannot be applied beyond the end of the current semester.

How does it work?

The student should request the accommodation through the Ross Center for Disability Services, after completing the registration process. A Student Plan form should be completed by the student with the Ross Center staff assistance. The Student Plan will indicate specific time extensions for each assignment on the syllabus.

Either the student or the staff of the Ross Center will contact the instructor to review the Student Plan for the extensions on assignments.   A meeting that includes the student, the instructor, and the Ross Center staff may be helpful in finalizing reasonable time extensions. 

We encourage students to contact the Ross Center as early as possible to allow for discussion and planning related to this accommodation. We are able to implement a Student Plan within the first three weeks of the semester.  If students request a Student Plan after the first three weeks, the Director will meet with each student to review this request on a case-by-case basis.