ODA COVID-19 Student Request

COVID-19 Student Requests Related to Remote Participation and Face Mask Exceptions 

The COVID-19 pandemic has offered an opportunity for UNT to reimagine how we support our students in providing safe learning environments.  For some students, the safety measures being taken such as smaller classes, physical distancing, and face masks have addressed those concerns.  However, some student may still have issues due to disability and/or chronic health condition that makes them high risk for COVID-19.  As a result, the ODA is assisting in UNT’s process to identify students who may need consideration for an option to participate in their course(s) remotely for in-person sections or an exception to the face mask requirement.   The ODA’s purpose is to review the student’s request; and then work with the student and academic department to find a solution.  

Additionally, we understand that some students have personal circumstances unrelated to an existing health condition such as childcare, living with family members who are in high risk categories, or other reasons.  These instances may merit consideration as well.  The student is encouraged to meet with their academic advisor as soon as possible to update their course schedule to reflect their needs. 

How Students Request These Accommodations

  1.  Student Makes Accommodation Request to ODA
     
    • Students not registered with the ODA. Please follow the process to register by logging into the AIM Student Portal.  Please indicate that your request is due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
    • Students registered with ODA. Login to the AIM Student Portal and submit an “Additional Accommodation Request Form”.  Please indicate that your request is due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
       
  2. Submit Documentation
     
  3. Review of request once the student’s request and documentation are received.  After reviewing the request, the student will be updated on the status of the request and informed of the next steps.

The process to determine whether remote participation in a course is reasonable may take up to 2-3 weeks because this is a highly collaborative process between the ODA, academic departments, and instructors.

If students have any questions about the process to request remote participation in their courses or an exception to the face mask requirement due to disability and/or chronic health condition that makes them high risk for COVID-19, please contact Dr. Katy Washington, ODA Director at Katy.Washington@unt.edu.