University of Dayton Policies

The information below is from various sources at the University of Dayton. Not all of this information is limited to students with disabilities, but it may be related to disability issues.

Learn more about Class Attendance Policy >>
Learn more about Final Examination Policy >>
Learn more about Medical Withdrawal >>
Learn more about Course Substitution >>
Learn more about Housing/Residence Life >>
Learn more about Parking Services >>
Learn more about Standards of Behavior >>
Learn more about Emergencies and Evacuation Process >>

Class Attendance Policy

Class attendance and the resolution of absence is a matter primarily discussed and agreed upon by a student and individual faculty members. It is the responsibility of each student to attend classes. In any event, it is the prerogative of each faculty member to accept or not accept a reason for absence and to subsequently determine whether or not to excuse a student from class.

A student missing a class/series of classes over a limited period of time is responsible to contact individual instructors to explain absences and to make-up class work. Written notification of short-term absences will not be sent by the Office of Learning Resources to students' instructors.

When necessary, the implication of a prolonged absence resulting from emergencies, death, disability related issue, and serious illness will be handled on a case-by-case basis directly by the appropriate academic Dean's office, Office of Learning Resources and any other campus office that may be involved for consultation. See information below regarding medical withdraw for additional options associated with prolonged absences.

Learn more about Class Attendance Policy (Under Academic Information)>>

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Final Examination Policy

When a student with a disability has two or more final examinations scheduled for the same day, faculty is encouraged to accommodate the individual student on an alternative day. Students are encouraged to speak with their professors directly to discuss final examination options if they have more than two exams scheduled on the same date.

Learn more about the Final Examination Policy (Under Academic Information) >>

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Medical Withdrawal

When necessary, the implication of a prolonged absence resulting from emergencies, death, serious illness, or disability related issue will be handled on a case-by-case basis.  Students should consultation with the Office of Learning Resources regarding this process.

Learn more about voluntary medical withdrawal >>
Request a voluntary medical withdrawal >>

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Course Substitution

Reasonable accommodations ensure complete access to, and full participation in, the educational process for students with disabilities. They are not intended to require faculty to compromise academic standards; rather, they make it possible for students to truly learn the material presented to them, and for instructors to fairly evaluate the student's understanding of the material, without interference from their disability. Faculty is encouraged to consider modifying, rather than waiving, course or degree requirements, if appropriate.

Essential components of each academic discipline are determined by the individual program. Essential components cannot be removed; however, academic accommodations may allow the student to demonstrate these components. Academic requirements that are essential to that program are not considered discriminatory. Students with disabilities are expected to meet all requirements of the course to receive credit. If a student makes a request for a course substitution, this will be reviewed by the Office of Learning Resources in conjunction with the appropriate academic representative from the department, school or college. Decisions are addressed on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about Non-Disability Course Waiver Policy (Under Academic Information) >>
Complete the on-line form for Substitution / Waiver >>

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Housing/Residence Life

The learning environment and residential living are central to the University of Dayton experience. An internal team, including a representative from Office of Student Learning Services (SLS), Residence Life, a medical doctor, and other consultants, as necessary, carefully evaluates requests for accommodations in housing based on medical or disability related need.

A request for housing accommodations, including the need for attendant care, must be submitted to Office of Learning Resources.  Information should be submitted prior to the published deadlines.  Information received after the posted deadlines will be considered on a case-by-case basis, but accommodations cannot be guaranteed.

All UD first- and second-year housing facilities are air-conditioned.

Limited junior and senior housing facilities are air conditioned. Junior and Senior students are advised to select a Junior or Senior facility that meets their needs.  

Learn more about Residence Life and Housing Accommodations >>
Make a request for housing accommodations >>

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Parking Services

Due to the very limited parking available on campus, OLR in conjunction with Parking Services has developed a process associated with disability permits for students with disabilities or short-term medical needs.

Individuals in need of accessible parking must present a copy of their State Disability Identification Placard and their BMV Documentation. Those with a temporary disability may present a doctor's statement for consideration of a temporary permit. All parking issues are addressed through OLR. Vehicles must display a University disability permit along with the state placard.

Learn more about Parking Accommodation Process>>
Make a request for Parking Accommodations >>

Resident students who may require transportation may use the escort service provided by Public Safety.
Learn more about General Parking Services information >>
Learn more about Escort Services >>

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Standards of Behavior

The division of Student Development is here to ensure that you have opportunities and support to thrive at the University of Dayton.  

The Office of Community Standards and Civility administers the policies of the University of Dayton. The primary focus is on helping students learn from the consequences of their actions and become a positive influence within the University of Dayton community and beyond.

The Standards of Behavior are applicable to all students and student organizations regardless of where the violation occurs.

Learn more about the Office of Community Standards and Civility's Standards of Behavior >>
Leare more about Student Development including the University Student Handbook (see link on right) >> 

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Emergencies and Evacuation Process

As with all students, it is important that you take responsibility for your own safety. In order to ensure your safety, you should develop an emergency plan or a strategy in advance.

If you have concerns about development of an emergency evacuation plan, contact the Environmental Health and Safety / Risk Management office at 937-229-4503.

Responding to an emergency depends on the following:

  • Type of emergency
  • Your specific disability
  • Your current location
  • Where you work or live on campus.

For any emergency, the first step is to contact Public Safety at 937-229-2121, Campus Phone 92121 or 911. When reporting the emergency, it is important to indicate your location, specific needs, and type of emergency. With respect to evacuation, you may need to provide additional information (e.g., you use a wheelchair, a respirator, or have breathing, stamina or health related impairments).

Students should also be familiar with the University of Dayton Emergency Response Procedures Guide. Questions can be directed to the Department of Public Safety 937-229-2121, or Campus Phone 92121.
Visit University of Dayton Emergency Response Procedures Guide >>

Students are encouraged to program key phone numbers such as Public Safety into their cell phone.

Learn more about specific disability related emergency recommendations in the DS Student Handbook >>

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