Course Policy Accommodation is appropriate when a student has a chronic disabling physical or mental condition that is cyclic in nature. The student’s condition is stable; however, there are periodic flare ups that prevent a student from attending classes and are unpredictable. Examples include, but are not limited to: Crohn’s Disease, chronic severe migraines, Sickle Cell Anemia, various autoimmune conditions, Bipolar, panic attacks, etc. Documentation (i.e., doctor’s note) is not required when a student is absent due to a disability flare up.
Students have two options to initiate the use of the Course Policy Accommodation.
Examples of reasonable solutions for the Course Policy Accommodation:
Attendance requirements vary widely from course to course: lab, activity and hands-on courses usually
involve a lot of in-class learning that cannot be easily made up outside of class, while lecture classes
provide more flexibility. Likewise, each instructor may have a different policy for student attendance.
If a student believes s/he will miss class with some frequency due to a disability, the student must
talk with an Accessibility Consultant as early in the semester as possible about previous experiences
and current semester expectations. During that conversation, the Accessibility Consultant will explain
that determining whether an attendance accommodation is reasonable must be done on a case-by-case basis
because of course differences.
In determining whether an accommodation to a course policy is reasonable, it is the responsibility
of UCF (SAS and the professor) to consider the following:
Based on the medical condition and the nature of the class, it is important to address the following questions:
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Students need to understand that even with a Course Policy Accommodation:
If absences become excessive unexpectedly, students must talk with an Accessibility Consultant and professor
about whether a medical withdrawal, late withdrawal, withdrawal, or incomplete should be explored. If a student
completes a course and/or takes the final exam, a Medical Withdrawal is not an option.
Once a Course Policy Accommodation plan has been implemented, then the student, SAS and the course instructor
will refer to it as needed as course scenarios evolve.
For more specific questions, please call SAS or email the Accessibility Consultants at