Remote Attendance Accommodation

 

The University of New Mexico primarily offers in-person instruction, and most of the university’s academic programs have essential in-person components. Remote attendance may be approved as a reasonable accommodation if a student’s disability renders them temporarily unable to participate in person. This accommodation is not intended to convert an in-person academic program into an all-virtual experience.

 

If you are temporarily unable to attend classes in-person because of a disability, we first encourage you to enroll in all online courses if possible. Your academic advisor is a great resource in exploring alternative course options.

 

If you are required to enroll in an in-person course and want to request to attend remotely, you must submit a letter of support from your healthcare provider. Please share our

Remote Attendance Documentation Guidance for Healthcare Providers

document with your healthcare provider to ensure that their letter meets all requirements.

 

We ask that you submit documentation to support your request for the remote attendance accommodation as early as possible so that we can expediently review and coordinate these requests. Our priority deadline for these requests is Friday of the last week of regular classes (either fall or spring) prior to the semester for which you are requesting the accommodation. There are two requirements for you to meet the deadline: (1) submit your provider’s letter of support to us; and (2) be registered for all the classes you plan to take the following semester. We will review requests received after the deadline, but course delivery options may be limited.

 

Parameters for Remote Attendance

  • This accommodation is not intended to convert an in-person academic program into an all-virtual experience. Additional steps may be required to assess feasibility of providing the remote attendance accommodation within your academic program.
  • Once ARC determines that you are eligible for remote attendance, full approval is contingent upon assessing feasibility of the accommodation in each of your courses in collaboration with faculty. If the course design or learning objectives make remote attendance not feasible because in-person attendance is an integral part of the class structure, then the accommodation will not be approved for that course.
  • If remote attendance is approved, there may still be aspects of a course’s design that are not ideal for a student attending remotely. Remotely attending an in-person course is not the equivalent experience of taking a course designed to be delivered online. Consequently, you are encouraged to utilize instructors’ office hours and to work with your instructors to identify campus and outside resources to support your success in the course.