All accommodations and adjustments are determined on an individual one-on-one basis. Students may qualify for an accommodation early in their collegiate career but may no longer need that accommodation as they mature and learn to self-accommodate and build relationships with their faculty members.

Important Information on Attendance Policy and Absences

Class lectures, discussions, demonstrations and all other associated educational experiences are critical to the learning process. It is the expectation of the university that students attend and arrive on time to all class, laboratory, shop, practicum, and clinical experience sessions.

Students are responsible for accounting to their instructors any absence and should contact the faculty member following any absence to determine if and when work may be made up.  Habitual tardiness may, at the discretion of the instructor, be considered in computing attendance.

Each instructor has the right to determine their own individual attendance policy.  If a student exceeds the number of absences allowed in the course syllabus, an instructor has the right to drop you from the class.  Instructors who have received a Notification to Instructor accommodation letter stating that a student with a disability has a medical condition which may affect attendance is not required, by law, to waive the attendance requirements.  The statement is merely to inform the instructor that the absence(s) may be related to symptoms or treatment of the condition. If a medical condition may significantly impact attendance, it is imperative that this possibility be discussed with the instructor as soon as possible.

Accommodations may include but are not limited to:

Learning Disabilities are documented disabilities that may affect reading, processing information, remembering, calculating, and spatial abilities. Examples of possible accommodations for students who have specific learning disabilities include:            

  • Use of personal audio recorder in class 
  • Extra exam time, alternative testing arrangements.
  • Computer with speech output, spellchecker, and grammar checker.
Mobility Impairments may make walking, sitting, bending, carrying, or using fingers, hands, or arms difficult or impossible. Mobility impairments result from many causes, including amputation, polio, club foot, scoliosis, spinal cord injury, and cerebral palsy. Examples of possible accommodations for students with mobility impairments include:
  • Use of personal audio recorder in class
  • Lab assistant, group lab assignments.
  • Classrooms, labs, and field trips in accessible locations.
  • Adjustable tables, lab equipment located within reach.
  • Class assignments made available in electronic format.
  • Computer equipped with special input device (e.g., speech input, alternative input devices).

Transportation is provided on campus for all students regardless of disability status.  Please contact our office for further information or visit the Isabella County Transportation Commission web site for more details.

CMU does not issue Disability Parking Placards.  In order to park on campus, ALL vehicles must have a valid CMU Parking permit, regardless of Disability status.  In addition, in order to utilize accessible parking on campus a valid state-issued disability placard or plate must also be properly displayed or you WILL be ticketed.  All inquiries in obtaining a disability placard should be referred to the vehicle licensing bureau of your home state.  For Michigan residents, follow this link for more information.

    Health Impairments affect daily living and involve the lungs, kidneys, heart, muscles, liver, intestines, immune systems, and other body parts (e.g., conditions such as cancer, kidney failure, AIDS). Examples of possible accommodations for students who have health impairments include:
    • Flexible attendance requirements.
    • Extra exam time.
    • Assignments made available in electronic format.
    • Use of email to facilitate communication.
    Mental Illness includes mental health and psychiatric disorders that affect daily living. Examples of possible accommodations for students with these conditions include:
    • Use of personal audio recorder in class
    • Extended time on assignments and tests.
    • A non-distracting, quiet setting for assignments and tests.
    Hearing Impairments make it difficult or impossible to hear lecturers, access multimedia materials, and participate in discussions. Examples of possible accommodations for students who are deaf or hard of hearing include:
    • Sign language interpreter (request at least six weeks prior to need)
    • FM amplification system.
    • Captioned films.
    • Use of visual aids.
    • Written assignments, lab instructions, demonstration summaries.
    • Visual warning system for lab emergencies.
    • Use of electronic mail for class and private discussions.
    Blindness refers to the disability of students who cannot read printed text, even when enlarged. Examples of possible accommodations include:
    • Use of personal audio recorder in class
    • Alternative media
    • Verbal descriptions of visual aids.
    • Raised-line drawings and tactile models of graphic materials.
    • Braille lab signs and equipment labels.
    • Auditory lab warning signals.
    • Adaptive lab equipment (e.g., talking thermometers and calculators, light probes, and tactile timers).
    • Access to computer with optical character reader, speech output and/or Braille embosser.
    Low Vision refers to students who have some usable vision, but cannot read standard-size text, have field deficits (for example, cannot see peripherally or centrally but can see well in other ranges), or other visual impairments. Examples of possible accommodations include:
    • Use of personal audio recorder in class
    • Seating near front of class.
    • Large print handouts, lab signs, and equipment labels.
    • TV monitor connected to microscope to enlarge images.
    • Class assignments made available in electronic format.
    • Computer equipped to enlarge screen characters and images.