Frequently Asked Questions (Students)
Attendance during scheduled class times is a necessary part of the learning process. Accessibility Resource Center staff may recommend flexibility in attendance requirements for some students. Generally, this accommodation is requested when the nature of the disability results in varying functioning levels, i.e., “good and bad days.” Flexibility is negotiable, contingent upon the student and circumstance. Variables such as the course, the material and the necessity of interaction in the classroom are all factors considered.
Example: Discourse between an instructor and a student is a critical aspect of learning in a literature course. Thus, it would not be possible simply to read the assigned texts and copy another student’s notes before an exam. Similarly, a science lab course requires students to work, often together, to observe phenomena in experiments and record findings. In these examples, minimal leniency is appropriate.
In other courses, such as large lecture courses, there may be more flexibility in attendance than in the previous two examples. Discussion between the student and instructor is essential. Accessibility Services staff is also willing to participate in such discussions. Students should understand there is no substitution for attendance and participation. Exam grades may reflect this and would not be altered as a result of missed material due to absence leniency.
Examples of such courses are:
- Field trips
- Field experiences
- Student teaching
- Professional internships
- Study abroad
When a student asks us to do so, Accessibility Resource Center provides reasonable accommodations such as readers, scribes, signed language interpreters, and assistive technology. Accessibility Resource Center covers the cost of some of these accommodations, and arranges cost sharing with DHS/DVR for others when the student is eligible for that program. Many accommodations are at no cost and can be provided on site. For example, desks can be raised by blocks of wood to permit use with a wheelchair, workstation lighting can be modified, and other no-cost accommodations can be provided upon request. At no time does a student pay fees for reasonable accommodations. However, personal services such as personal care attendants, drivers, etc. are the responsibility of the student.
The student arranges a practicum, internship, field trip or field experience, or overseas study program through their instructor, advisor, professional school or other appropriate division of the University. If accommodations are likely to be required, the student must make the request. For example, use of an aid in student teaching would be requested by the student in advance. The purpose, activities, and time necessary for the accommodations would be discussed by Accessibility Resource Center and the student, along with the practicum supervisor. Staff at the practicum site may need to be included as well. In other cases, the student makes the requests directly to the practicum site personnel, and comes to Accessibility Resource Center only for services that would involve some cost, such as readers or scribes. Accessibility Resource Center and the student agree on which accommodations are necessary and reasonable, and the authorization to implement them (such as hiring a reader or being assigned a signed language interpreter) is granted to the student. Supervising faculty should discuss the potential need for accommodations with students when appropriate.
I spoke with my professor during the first week of class about my accommodations and then reminded him five days before the exam. However, during the test, he said I could not have the extended time for which I was approved. What do I do?