Samford University

Absence Accommodation Policy and Procedure


"One of the most vital aspects of a residential university experience is attendance and punctuality in the classroom.  The classroom is the place where each student contributes to the learning experience of his or her classmates; therefore, the value of the classroom academic experience cannot be fully measured by testing procedures alone.Class attendance policies are established by each school at the University, and specific attendance requirements are indicated in the syllabus of each class."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Samford University Student Handbook

While class attendance is very important, students with disabilities affecting class attendance may be eligible for an absence accommodation.  The absence accommodation allows consideration for a reasonable number of absences beyond what is required unless the absences create a fundamental alteration of the essential function of the course or program.  Students who are eligible for an absence accommodation are responsible for the following in the event such student is absent from class because of disability related issues:

1. At your earliest convenience, inform your instructor that you are absent due to disability related symptoms. Disability Resources (DR) recommends you e-mail your professor, save a copy of the message for your records and send a courtesy copy to DR. Contact your professor by phone if you do not have access to e-mail. It is imperative that your professor is aware of your absence as soon as possible.

2. If you visit a physician or other type of care-giver, please obtain a signed excuse to give to your professor.

3. You are responsible for any work or exams you miss due to an absence. Arrange to complete missed assignments and/or exams with your professor in a timely manner.

4. The student must comply with these procedures for each absence related to his/her disability. Failure to communicate with the appropriate persons in a timely manner could result in loss of consideration for absences.

5. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact DR at 726-4078.