Temporary Disabilities

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) recognizes that students with temporary illnesses or injuries are often in need of services or accommodations similar to those with on-going disabilities in order to maintain their academic program requirements. For this reason, students should contact ODS if academic accommodations are being requested.

In order to be considered for academic accommodations, the student must complete a “Request for Temporary Accommodation” form and submit to ODS. In addition, the student must present documentation of the condition from University Health Services or other professional to ODS. Guidelines for appropriate documentation can be found under Documentation Requirements for Physical/Sensory Disabilities

Upon receipt of these documents, ODS will evaluate the documentation and meet with the student to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations. Temporary accommodations will be approved for a limited period of time based on the information submitted by the treating physician. The student will be required to submit updated documentation as necessary to adjust the term of the accommodations. The student will be asked to sign an Acceptance of Services form.

Please refer to Student Services Process for guidelines on the process from this point forward. It should be noted, however, that the accommodation notification letter sent to instructors will clearly state that this accommodation is temporary. A follow-up letter will be sent to instructors notifying them when the accommodation is no longer needed.