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Flexible Attendance

Accommodations available

Generally students are expected to follow established classroom attendance policies. However, some disabilities are episodic, and students may have to miss class for medical concerns.

Making a request

Policies and guidelines


  • Talk with your instructor early in the semester to discuss the accommodation. It is up to the instructor to decide the extent to which the accommodation can be provided.
  • Depending on the nature of the course, flexible attendance might not be an appropriate accommodation. If the course involves significant interaction and in-class participation, it might not be possible for the instructor or allow attendance flexibility. Examples of these courses/projects may include:
    • Labs
    • Practicums
    • Internships
    • Foreign language learning
    • Math
    • Public speaking/communications
  • Complete all work required for the course.
  • Attend classes as much as possible.
  • If you are unable to attend class, notify your instructor as soon as possible.
  • If you have any questions or if you encounter difficulties with this accommodation, please contact your Access Advisor or Coordinator.


  • If a student has provided you with a confirmation of this accommodation, it means the Disability Center has received the appropriate medical documentation to determine it is appropriate.
  • We encourage you to be flexible with your attendance policy, but you are not required to alter any essential functions of the course.
  • The student should meet with you as early as possible in the semester to discuss what modifications can be made to the attendance policy without fundamentally altering requirements.
  • Consider the following when determining whether to allow flexible attendance:
    • How much classroom interaction occurs between the instructor and students and among the students?
    • Do in-class student contributions constitute a significant component of learning?
    • Does the course rely on student participation as an essential method for learning?
    • Does a student’s failure to attend affect the educational experience of other students in the class?
    • What method is used to calculate the final grade?
    • What are the classroom practices and policies regarding attendance?