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Carthage and COVID-19

Learning Accessibility

As Carthage transitions to an online format, Carthage faculty and staff will continue to provide accommodations for Carthage students with disabilities. Some accommodations may need to be modified and some may not be needed during the online period.

Learning Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Testing: Many students are entitled to extended time (at least 50 percent longer than their peers) for tests and quizzes. Faculty who intend to give timed tests or quizzes should consult with the tech team regarding how to individualize time limits.

Leniency on assignment deadlines: Faculty should continue to work with students who have this accommodation. If faculty have not discussed a plan for communication and accountability with the student, it’s important to do so.

Class participation and presentations: Some students with anxiety or communication disabilities have accommodations for being called on only when they volunteer, or for extra support and flexibility regarding class presentations. Faculty should continue to support these students, as the issues will likely be similar in an online format.

Note-taking support: Depending on the online class format and what faculty post on Schoology, some students who have this accommodation may continue to need copies of a professor’s notes or a peer’s notes. Faculty should check in with these students.

Leniency on attendance: Faculty who intend to schedule face-to-face synchronous class meetings may need to be flexible with students who have an accommodation for leniency in attendance policy when flare-ups occur. These are typically students with chronic medical disorders or mental health disorders.

Contact Diane Schowalter, dschowalter1@carthage.edu, in Learning Accessibility Services with any questions or concerns.