Disability Resource Center

Absence Leniency

Attendance during scheduled class times is a necessary part of the learning process. DRC staff may recommend flexibility in attendance requirements for some students. This is usually the case when the nature of the disability results in variable functioning levels, i.e., periods of exacerbation. Flexibility is negotiable, contingent upon the student and circumstance. Variables such as the course, the material, and the necessity of interaction in the classroom are all considered.


Discourse between instructors and students is a critical aspect of learning in a literature course. Thus, it would not be possible simply to read the assigned texts and copy another student’s notes before an exam. Similarly, a science lab course requires students to work, often together, to observe phenomena in experiments and record findings. In these examples, minimal leniency is appropriate.

In other courses, such as large lecture courses, there may be more flexibility in attendance than in the previous two examples. Discussion between the student and instructor is essential. Students and instructors should use the Absence Leniency Agreement Form provided by DRC to create a plan for the semester. Students can pick up these forms when they pick up their accommodation letters. DRC staff is willing to participate in discussions, as necessary.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
8:00am to 4:30pm

Contact Info

Disability Resource Center
Memorial Hall 143
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

Email: disability@wiu.edu
Phone: (309) 298-2512
Fax: (309) 298-2361