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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, they 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. Students identified as eligible for accommodations are not permitted to seek retroactive use of accommodations prior to the time of establishing eligibility. Students who fail to provide their Academic Adjustment letters to faculty, are not permitted to request faculty to provide them retroactively. Faculty are not required by law to provide retroactive accommodations to any student at any time. Alternatives to retroactive accommodations should be discussed with the student’s Disability Specialist at SDR.

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 them 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