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Consideration / Flexibility Accommodations

SDR engages in an interactive process with each student and reviews requests for accommodations on an individualized, case-by-case basis. Depending on the nature and functional limitations of a student’s documented disability, he or she may be eligible for consideration accommodations. Flexing a course standard can provide an alternate way for a student to meet essential course requirements and actively participate in the course while also managing a disability. Consideration accommodations may include but are not limited to:

  • Flexed attendance
  • Flexed due dates/deadline extensions on assignments
  • Rescheduling exams or quizzes

Consideration accommodations are provided to students who have a documented need due to experiencing variable and unpredictable disability-related symptoms that may increase during the course of a semester.  Students are expected to request flexibility associated with consideration accommodations as early in the semester as possible.  Retroactive requests should be discussed with SDR staff.

Student Responsibilities

  • Meet with your SDR disability specialist to discuss the need for consideration accommodations, which are determined on a course-by-course and semester-by-semester basis
  • Provide faculty with academic adjustment letter as early in the semester as possible to inform them of your need for the consideration accommodation(s)
  • Complete the Consideration Adjustment Agreement Form with faculty, which necessitates a conversation between student and instructor to discuss the parameters of the flexibility
  • Return the completed Consideration Adjustment Agreement Form to SDR and receive a copy of the completed form upon doing so
  • Communicate with faculty regularly throughout the semester to keep them apprised of disability-related consideration needs and requests
  • Understand that consideration accommodations are based on variable and unpredictable need and do not enable students to unilaterally determine reasonable flexibility
  • Contact SDR as soon as possible if you:
    • Make changes to your class schedule
    • Are experiencing an exacerbation of disability-related symptoms that is causing a reliance on consideration accommodations
    • Have concerns with any of the consideration accommodations

SDR Responsibilities

  • Meet with students to discuss the need for consideration accommodations
  • Assist faculty and students in determining potential flexibility as it relates to course essential requirements
  • Provide academic adjustment letters to students including consideration accommodations
  • Provide students with the Consideration Adjustment Agreement Form for completion by students and faculty when discussing flexibility
  • Provide students with a copy of completed Consideration Adjustment Agreement Form upon return to SDR
  • Provide support and assistance to students and faculty regarding consideration accommodations

Faculty Responsibilities

  • Respond to SDR staff if contacted about determining potential flexibility as it relates to course essential requirements
  • Upon receipt of an academic adjustment letter from a student, discuss the accommodation with him or her and provide support as needed
  • Upon receipt of a Consideration Adjustment Agreement Form from a student, together determine parameters of the flexibility as it relates to course essential requirements
  • Maintain a copy of the completed Consideration Adjustment Agreement Form
  • Recognize the following:
    • consideration accommodations are provided to students based on documented need
    • consideration accommodations should be implemented upon receipt of an academic adjustment letter and do not need to be applied retroactively
  • Contact SDR with concerns about a student’s use of consideration accommodations