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Student Disability Services
University of Mississippi

General In-Class Access

Access to Personal Care Attendant in the Classroom
Students who require assistance with performing activities of daily living may be approved to have a Personal Care Attendant (PCA) assist them in the classroom. PCAs assist only with personal activities. Classroom accommodations will be provided by SDS. The University is not responsible for locating, paying, or managing PCAs. That responsibility falls solely on the student. For more information, please review the PCA policy here: Personal Care Attendant Policy.

Copies of PowerPoints and Classroom Handouts at the Start of Class
If approved to assist with the removal of a disability-related barrier, a student might be approved to receive copies of PowerPoint presentations and other classroom handouts at the start of class. This allows the student access to that information during class. This accommodation may be required for students who have vision-related disabilities that might make it difficult to see the board or screen.

Extended Time on Timed, In-Class Assignments
Students approved for extended time in testing situations may also be approved for extended time on timed, in-class assignments. The amount of extended time will be specified on the student’s Faculty Notification email.

Preferential Seating in the Classroom
Students may be approved for preferential seating in the classroom in order to maximize focus, minimize external distractions, ensure auditory and/or visual access, or if reasonable, brief exits are needed. Instructors and students should collaborate on appropriate seating in the classroom.

Reasonable Brief Exits from Class
Students approved for this accommodation may need to briefly exit the classroom to attend to a disability-related need. Exits should be for a reasonable amount of time and students are expected to return to the classroom. Because this accommodation must not be disruptive, faculty should collaborate with the student on appropriate seating in the classroom.

Reasonable Flexibility with the Arrangement and Delivery of Class Presentations and/or Performances
Collaboration between student and instructor is required. Examples of reasonable flexibility include, but are not limited to, presenting/performing in front of fewer people or one-on-one with the instructor, audio or video recording the presentation/performance, or using Zoom. The provision of this accommodations should not create a fundamental alteration of evaluations standards and expected outcomes.
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