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Flexible Attendance Policy and Guidelines

Flexible attendance is an accommodation given to students who have submitted the appropriate documentation to the Office of Accessibility Resources and Accommodations (ARA) demonstrating that they have a condition which might cause them to be absent.


Students who receive flexible attendance accommodations must speak with their instructor early in the semester and take the Flexible Attendance Agreement with them to this meeting. It is completely up to the instructor to decide how this accommodation will be provided.

Faculty may feel that flexible attendance isn’t an appropriate accommodation due to the nature of the course. If course participation requires a significant amount of interaction by the student or class participation, it might not be possible for the faculty member to provide that accommodation. Examples of these kind of courses can include practicums, internships, public speaking or labs.

Eligible Students Must:

  1. Complete all course work.
  2. Attend as many classes as possible.
  3. Contact their instructor as soon as possible if they are unable to attend class due to their condition.

The completed and signed Flexible Attendance Agreement must be emailed to If you have any questions or if you encounter difficulties with this accommodation, please contact the ARA.


Faculty are not required to alter any essential functions of the course, however, this accommodation asks that they meet the student with some flexibility.

The ARA tells the student to meet with faculty at the beginning of each semester and to bring the Flexible Attendance Agreement with them. This documentation is to be used as a medium of coming to some form of understanding about attendance.

When meeting with the student, members of the faculty should discuss what changes can be made to their attendance policy to accommodate the student's condition.

When Thinking About Flexible Attendance, Consider: 

  1. The degree of classroom interaction that is required.
  2. Whether in-class student contributions are a component of the student's learning.
  3. The method used to calculate grades.
  4. The faculty member's classroom practices and policies regarding attendance.
Flexible Attendance Agreement


Shawn Wilson, Director of Accessibility Resources and Accommodations
Wickes 260
(989) 964-7000

Ryan McCracken, Associate Director of Accessibility Resources and Accommodations
Wickes 260
(989) 964-7000

Debbi Abeare-Jacobs, Administrative Secretary
Wickes 260
(989) 964-7000