What is the College of Letters & Science policy for accommodating L&S undergraduate students?

The sections provide information to students and faculty about academic accommodations for L&S undergraduate students due to medical or disability reasons.

The university's policy is to provide reasonable accommodations to students who qualify with disabilities or other medicalsituations.   Thus, instructors are expected  to work withstudents to identify and to provide reasonable instructional or academic accommodations,although the student is responsible for the self-advocacy.   If theinstructor has worked with the student and the student has not followed throughbased on the instructor's expectations and guidelines shared with the studentwho has provided documentation, there is no rule (or expectation) that theinstructor must pass a student in the class.    Information about accommodating students canbe found at:

Academic Flexibility as a Disability Accommodation: A Faculty Guide for Implementation

Students with Disabilities: Requesting Reasonable Accommodations

Neither a student nor a faculty member is required to engage the McBurneyDisability Resource Center in determining accommodations.  Faculty,however, do retain the right to request from a student verification (e.g., medical documentation, etc.) of the need foraccommodation.   More detailed information about accommodating  students can be found at ADA Campus Policies .

 Important information about accommodating students:

  • The grade a student earns in a course should be based on the quality andquantity of the work submitted, less any grade percentage that would be lost due tonon attendance.  
  • If a student has been missing classes because of health-related reasons,the faculty member can definitely consider whether to enact the attendancepenalty and may even work with the student to adjust deadlines but should notlet go of a reasonable expectation for work completion. 
  • If not enoughwork has been turned in by a student to earn a passing grade, a passing grade shouldnot be awarded. 


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Owner:Tori R.Group:College of Letters & Science
Created:2014-05-14 14:30 CDTUpdated:2018-05-14 06:21 CDT
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