Office for Disability and Access (ODA)

Policies for Student Accessibility Services

In most cases, class attendance is critical to a student’s mastery of the knowledge and skills that are taught in a specific course. Therefore, students are expected to attend class and to adhere to the specific attendance policy for each class as established by the course instructor.

If a qualified student with a disability believes it may not be possible to abide by the attendance policy due to disability-related reasons, the student should contact Student Accessibility Services at the beginning of the semester, or as soon as possible after the need for an exception arises, to discuss the potential need for accommodation.

The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights hears complaints regarding enforcement of laws, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability.

Students may call the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at 800-421-3481 to report discrimination on the basis of race, sex, disability, etc. The Office of Civil Rights is also available to provide information regarding civil rights compliance programs and procedures for filing discrimination complaints and to ensure access to civil rights regulatory and policy documents.