Special Student Concerns

Undergraduate Education Committee

Learning accommodations

Instructors will accommodate students with documented disabilities and will comply with individualized instructions provided by Disabilities Services. However, students must take the initiative in discussing arrangements with the instructor in the first week of class and providing documentation as soon as it is available. Students without a documented disability who are experiencing learning difficulties are encouraged to consult Disabilities Services (164 Oregon Hall; 346-1155). Without documentation, special accommodations are not guaranteed and are to be made at the discretion of the instructor.

Disability Services
Voice: 541-346-1155
TTY: 541-346-1083
Email: disabsrvatuoregon [dot] edu
Web: http://ds.uoregon.edu/

Athletics

Student athletes anticipating athletic-related absences must take the initiative in discussing arrangements with the instructor in the first week of class and providing documentation as soon as it is available. It is the students' responsibility to compare their team schedule with the class syllabus and alert the instructor to all anticipated conflicts. Athletes are encouraged to plan their academic program to avoid enrolling in courses in which absences will interrupt their learning and participation in group activities. See Absence-related Expectations below.

Religious holidays

Students anticipating absences due to religious holidays must take the initiative in discussing arrangements with the instructor in the first week of class. It is the students' responsibility to compare their religious calendar with the class syllabus and alert the instructor to all anticipated conflicts. Students are encouraged to plan their academic program to avoid enrolling in courses in which absences will interrupt their learning and participation in group activities. See Absence-related Expectations below.

Absence-related expectations

Students anticipating absences during a course must take the initiative in discussing arrangements with the instructor in the first week of class. It is the students' responsibility to compare their calendar with the class syllabus and alert the instructor to all anticipated conflicts. However, special arrangements are not guaranteed and are to be made at the discretion of the instructor. Absences due to work conflicts, child-care, parking, flight schedules and prices, transportation issues, alarm clock malfunction, and studying are not typically recognized as valid reasons to miss class. Students are encouraged to plan their academic program to avoid enrolling in courses in which absences will interrupt their learning and participation in group activities.

The department recognizes that not all absences can be anticipated. In the case of last-minute emergencies of any type, it is not unreasonable for the instructor to request documentation. Whether or not the absence is excused, if you must miss a day of class, you are expected to get all missed assignments, notes, and handouts from another student before you return to class to be as prepared for class as students who were present. To facilitate this process, it is advisable that at the beginning of the term you share contact information with a small group of students.

Guideline Sections:

  1. Introduction and Guidelines Home Page
  2. Mission of the Undergraduate Program
  3. Best Practices for Students
  4. Best Practices for Instructors
  5. Special Student Concerns
  6. Where to Get Help and Additional Information