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Disability Resources for Students

Disability Related Absences


Disability Related Absences is an accommodation approved by DRS on an individual basis through an interactive process between DRS and the student. It must be supported by documented effects of the student’s disability. Students with this accommodation have disabilities which are episodic in nature and may have impact their participation in class. This accommodation is approved in conjunction with the University of Washington’s student participation policy (University Policies: Student Governance and Policies, Scholastic Regulations: Chapter 117 ).

A disability related absence, as defined by Disability Resources for Students office (DRS), is when a student is absent due to the direct effects of a documented disability. This accommodation can be implemented differently in each course as the essential elements and design of a course have to be taken into consideration. To determine the specific course parameters the DRS Disability Related Absences 2015 will need to be completed and signed by both the faculty and student as soon as possible in the quarter. DRS can be engaged by either party to help facilitate conversation to determine the specific course parameters put in the agreement. This agreement does not apply to absences for other reasons.

How to Use

Student Responsibilities

Upon approval of Disability Related Absences, the student needs to

  • Submit the request, in the myDRS system, for each class/each quarter the student believes they will need to use this accommodation.
  • Review the Disability Related Absences Agreement and communicate with the faculty and/or DRS to establish the specific course parameters and agreements.
  • Discuss any concerns with the student’s DRS Coordinator.

DRS Responsibility

Upon approval of Disability Related Absences, DRS will

  • Partner with the student and each course faculty to over assistance in facilitating discussions to complete the Disability Related Absence Agreement.
  • Evaluate faculty concerns that course participation is an essential element of the course and through the consultative process make a determination of what is reasonable in regards to this accommodation.


Students approved for disability related absences, may find the following links useful.

University Policies: Student Governance and Policies, Scholastic Regulations: Chapter 117

Link to myDRS Student Guide

DRS Disability Related Agreement 2015