No. A student with a disability must meet the same admission standards as his/her non-disabled peers. If a student is denied admission because s/he does not meet the admission standards, s/he may appeal that decision to Admissions.
Students are provided information regarding our services in admission and orientation materials. Additionally we ask all faculty to include the following statement on their syllabi:
"East Carolina University seeks to comply fully with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Students requesting accommodations based on a disability must be registered with the Department for Disability Support Services located in Slay 138 ((252) 737-1016 (Voice/TTY))."
PLEASE DO NOT ASK THE STUDENT TO DEFEND OR EXPLAIN WHY THEY ARE APPROVED FOR A PARTICULAR ACCOMMODATION THAT YOU HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT.
Yes, there are some conditions such as Asperger's (high functioning Autism), Tourrette's and some psychiatric diagnosis that may result in atypical behavior in the classroom. While the impairment may help us to understand why the behavior is occurring, we are not required to tolerate the disruption under the ADA. If you are experiencing difficulty with a student, please contact either the ADA Coordinator or the Director of Student Services immediately.
1. Are there classroom interactions between the instructor and the students and among students?
2. Do student contributions constitute a significant component of the learning process?
3. Does the functional nature of the course rely on student participation as an essential method for learning?
4. To what degree does a student's failure to attend constitute a significant loss to the educational experience of the other students in the course?
5. What do the course descriptions and syllabus say about attendance?
6. What are the classroom practices and policies regarding attendance?
If the answers to the questions above are such that additional absences do not threaten the integrity or essential requirements of the course, please do not penalize the student for additional absences. However, if additional absences become excessive then the faculty member, DSS and the student will review options for continuing in the class.