Epilepsy in the Classroom
I have a student who has epilepsy. This student goes into grand mal seizures in his classes on a regular basis, although he’s only done it once in my class.
This is a disability that places a large number of barriers or hurdles in front of him; I think that we, as a school, should be doing what we can to remover barriers rather than add to them.
However, I guess most of his professors call security services when he has a seizure, and in turn they usually call an ambulance, against his explicit wishes. This means he’s pulled out of classes on a regular basis, and sometimes hauled off to the hospital for the day—you can imagine the sort of impact this has on his academic performance.
I guess the school’s policy is designed to minimize the university’s liability, and, as a result, maximize the number of barriers the student has to overcome.
It seems to me that this policy serves the interests of the university but works against the interests of the student (whose tuition dollars the school takes). In sum, it comes close to fitting the definition of “exploitative.”
However, I could be “way off base” on this, as they say. Please feel free to lob counter-arguments (especially if you could offer the perspective of an administrator). I’d love to be proven wrong.