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Disability Services

Attendance

Students at LSUS, with or without disabilities, are expected to give their academic responsibilities first consideration and to attend class regularly and punctually. An absence, avoidable or unavoidable, does not relieve the student from responsibility for course requirements. Students with disabilities should be aware that class attendance policies are not determined nor waived by Student Development. Because attendance may be integral to the academic goals of the class, these policies are set by faculty at the college, departmental or individual level. Therefore, attendance requirements may vary according to the department or course. In some cases, attendance is fundamental to course objectives; for example, students may be required to interact with others in the class, to demonstrate the ability to think and argue critically, or to participate in group projects. In other instances, faculty may determine that students can master course content despite some or many absences.

Similarly, faculty also determine policies regarding make-up work and missed quizzes and exams. Faculty are not required to lower or effect substantial modifications of standards for accommodation purposes. So that arrangements for absences can be made, students are encouraged to remain in close contact with instructors when classes have been missed.

LSUS realizes that students who have physical and/or psychological impairments may be prevented from attending class on a regular basis. Therefore, it is recommended that students with disabilities know the requirements of a class and fully consider the impact of their disability prior to registering. When a disabling condition significantly impacts a student's attendance, the student is advised to contact an academic advisor or the assistant director of counseling and consider the following options:

Dropping from the class - courses may be dropped in accordance with the dates indicated on the Academic Calendar. During the first 15 days of class of a regular term, no record of the dropped course is maintained. During the next seven weeks, a W (withdrawal) is assigned for courses dropped. During the final five weeks, no withdrawal is permitted except as authorized by the student's dean.

Resignation from the university - With the approval of a student's dean, a student may resign (drop from all classes) in accordance with the dates indicated on the Academic Calendar. During the first 15 days of class of a regular term, no record of the dropped course is maintained. During the next seven weeks, a W (withdrawal) is assigned for courses dropped. During the final five weeks, no withdrawal is permitted except as authorized by the student's dean.

Incomplete (I) grade - An "I" is granted for work which is of passing quality but, which because of circumstances beyond the student's control, is not complete. An instructor may consider an "I" only with written authorization from the student's dean. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate the action. All work shall be completed before the add date of the next regular semester.

Academic accommodation of the consideration of absences - Consideration for absences may be granted as a formal academic accommodation to students who have physical and psychological disabilities that prevent them from attending class on a regular basis. This consideration is only applicable when class attendance is not an essential element of the course and when the absence is directly related to the documented disability. This accommodation is not a waiver of attendance requirements; class attendance is extremely important and while a student may have consideration for absences there is a point at which there are too many missed classes to make up the work and other options must be considered.