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Reasonable vs. Unreasonable Accommodations

Personal Needs

The University is not responsible to provide attendants, individually prescribed devices, readers for personal use or study, or other devices or services of a personal nature.

Personal needs that necessitate an attendant are the responsibility of the student. Students with such needs must retain a personal assistant. This may include but not be limited to assistance in toileting, being repositioned in chairs, placing medication in the person's mouth - any personal service. Failure to do so may result in an administrative stop being placed on future enrolment until such time as the student demonstrates a personal attendant will be with the student to attend to personal needs.

We strongly recommend that personal attendants are trained and certified. Requesting such services from an untrained, random individual can be a safety threat to both the student with the disability and the individual providing the service. Methodist University cannot assume the liability of risk involved.

Extended Time to Complete Assignments

If an assignment is on the syllabus at the beginning of the term, and explained thoroughly at that time, professors may consider this ample time for all students to complete an assignment. Time management is the responsibility of the student. In the case of an unforeseen event the student or Director for Accessibility Resources/Disability Services may request a small limited extension. In any case extension of time will not be more than a few days or one week as decided by the instructor.

Readers

When determined to be an appropriate accommodation for a student with a disability, readers are provided for test taking only. Otherwise, readers are considered a personal service and the university is not responsible to provide them.

Scribe/Typist for Papers or Exams

The typing of papers is a personal service and is not provided by the university. However, for testing purposes, students with disabilities that limit their ability to write, may be furnished with assistive technology or a scribe.

Absences

Attendance is an essential component of post-secondary education. However, on occasion, we may request that an instructor relax their attendance policy due to necessary, disability related absences. This request will not be made until the student has used all allowable absences under the university and/or instructors policy. Students who are requesting this consideration are expected to contact instructors in advance of an anticipated absence. In the event of emergency or unexpected absences instructors and the Accessibility Resources/Disability Services Office should be contacted within five days of the emergency. If a student is absent from classes for an extended period it is recommended that he or she contact the Accessibility Resources Office for recommendations regarding withdrawal from classes.

Students need to be aware that absences will hurt them academically, even if the attendance policy has been relaxed. Every attempt should be made to attend classes. A relaxation of attendance policy does not mean relaxation of course requirements. Students are required to fulfill all course requirements and evaluation standards as specified in the course syllabus.

Relaxation of policy will not be requested for summer classes or classes with less than the standard number of class periods scheduled.

Other Examples of Unreasonable Accommodations

Additional examples of unreasonable accommodations may include, but are not limited to

  • Unlimited individual tutoring
  • Waivers or course substitutions of courses that are essential to the program or core requirements
  • Un-graded exams or exams on a pass/fail basis
  • Excusing tardiness or lack of preparation
  • Lowering passing scores
  • Modification of class ranking
  • Permission to re-take exams
  • Permission to retake courses without record
  • Information broken down into sequential form for testing
  • Lowering of course load allowed
  • Alternate test formats (Changing form multiple choice to essay for example.)
 

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