Temporary Disability Documentation Guidelines

Students with temporary injuries (e.g., broken bones, temporary visual or medical problems, recovery from surgery) are not eligible for formal accommodations, but may benefit from services Disabilities Services can coordinate. Students with such injuries seeking academic assistance should provide supportive documentation to Disabilities Services and schedule an appointment with the head of Disabilities Services to discuss possible coordination of services. The information that should be included in such documentation is outlined below. Individual faculty members have discretion as to whether allowances will be made for missed classes and/or fulfilling course requirements (e.g., examinations, presentations, participation) due to temporary injury or illness.

  • A current assessment of your current health status and diagnosis by a qualified professional (e.g., physician, nurse practitioner, physical or occupational therapist).

  • All documentation must be submitted on the official letterhead of the professional describing the disability. The report should be dated and signed and include the name, title, and professional credentials of the evaluator, not related to the student, including information about license or certification.

  • Information on limitations associated with the injury and recommended adjustments.

  • Expected course and/or length of time that academic adjustments may be needed.

  • Specific recommendations for services as well as an explanation as to why each service is recommended. Recommendations for services should be supported by the documentation.