Faculty Resources

Disability-related Extensions

In every course, the instructor identifies and defines the essential course requirements and measures whether they have been met. Based upon the student’s diagnosed condition, a discussion will be needed to determine how the student could meet the essential requirements of the course.

The Office of Civil Rights suggests using the questions to guide your discussion of what reasonable accommodations will look like in your class:

  • Is there classroom interaction between the instructor and students, and among students?
  • Do student contributions constitute a significant component of the learning process?
  • Does the fundamental nature of the course rely upon student participation as an essential method for learning?
  • To what degree does a student's failure to attend constitute a significant loss to the educational experience of other students in the class?
  • What does the course description and syllabus say?
  • What is the method by which the final course grade is calculated?
  • What are classroom practices and policies regarding attendance?
Disability-related Extension Form

While there are no universal extensions of assignments or extended classroom absences permitted, the disability-related extension form allows you and your student to document your conversation regarding absences and/or assignment extensions.

This form is completed by you and your student as part of your discussion and we help you understand reasonable accommodations in the event of a disability-related absence or assignment extension. It serves an agreement between you and your student.

Click here to complete a disability-related extension form.