Temporary Medical Conditions

We recognize that students with temporary health issues/short-term medical conditions due to injuries, surgery, etc. may need access to additional on-campus services and resources.

Examples of temporary medical conditions may include, but are not limited to broken limbs, hand injuries, concussions, or short-term impairments following surgery or medical treatments.

Additionally, we consult with faculty in thinking creatively about solutions to assess problems manifested after an injury.  It is our practice to present and discuss strategies and, where appropriate, to suggest reasonable flexibility in academic processes or time lines.

Documentation Requirements
To receive accommodations for a temporary health issue, the student must submit recent documentation from a healthcare provider to the Accessibility Resources Office indicating the type of condition, severity, limitations, prognosis, and its estimated duration.  It is also helpful to know about any adverse side effects caused by medication and what accommodations are recommended.  We may request additional documentation to verify the need for continued services after the estimated duration of the condition has expired.

The student should contact Accessibility Resources to set-up an appointment with the assistant dean for accessibility resources.  The meeting will consist of a review of the available documentation for the temporary medical condition and a discussion about possible accommodations and other available resources.  The assistant dean will advise the student if any additional paperwork is required prior to setting up accommodations.

Potential Accommodations
Academic accommodations are approved on a case-by-case basis. Accommodations for a temporary arm, hand, or upper extremity injury may include:

  • Note taking assistance
  • The ability to audio record class lectures
  • Extended testing time
  • Extensions on out of class assignments
  • Use of a laptop for exams

Students with temporary medical conditions should meet with the assistant dean for accessibility resources to discuss:

  • Potential classroom and testing accommodations
  • Information about facilities access, campus transports and accessible routes

The Campus Safety Office provides building-to-building transports for students with temporary medical conditions.

Physical Education Courses
Students may request consideration and adjustments to physical education courses due to temporary medical conditions without needing to register with Accessibility Resources. Please contact the Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator at 315-859-4753 to discuss what is needed.


Office / Department Name

Accessibility Resources

Contact Name

Allen Harrison

Assistant Dean for Accessibility Resources

Office Location
Burke Library

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