Temporary Accommodations

Individuals with temporarily disabling conditions that are a result of injuries, surgery or short-term medical conditions may need access to services and resources similar to individuals with permanent disabilities. Examples of temporary disabilities may include, but are not limited to: broken limbs, hand injuries, or short term impairments following surgery or medical treatments. Temporary medical conditions that occur during the school year may adversely affect a student's ability to fully participate in class and student life.

Potential Accommodations for Temporary Disabilities

Academic accommodations are approved on a case by case basis. Examples of accommodations which may be available for a temporary arm, hand, or upper extremity injury may include:

  • Notetaking assistance
  • Audio recorder for lectures
  • Extended testing time
  • Computer for essay exams
  • Assistive technology
  • Moving classes to accessible locations

Discussion Points for Students with Temporary Disabilities

  • Potential classroom and testing accommodations
  • Information on accessible routes and elevator access on campus
  • Information on how to apply for a disabled parking placard or BCRTA paratransit services
  • Emergency evacuation procedures

Tips for Students with Temporary Conditions

  • Students can ask fellow classmates to take notes or obtain copies of notes.
  • Students can ask the instructor and/or Teaching Assistant for suggestions regarding note-taking and testing.
  • If writing is significantly impaired to the point where it affects out-of-class assignments, the use of a speech-to-text software program (Read & Write Gold, Dragon NaturallySpeaking or Mac Speech Dictate) is appropriate.
  • Students needing information regarding a change in their course load should contact their academic advisors and their instructors for guidance on dropping classes and for options regarding continuing and completing course work.
  • Students experiencing temporary impairments due to minor surgery or temporary medical conditions are advised to consult with their individual instructors regarding possible adjustments to their coursework.
  • If students need extended time to take exams and their instructors are willing to allow extra time but not able to provide space to do so, they may work with Student Disability Services (SDS) to take exams in the testing center.

When to Contact the Office of the Dean of Students

If you are experiencing an ongoing and/or serious medical issue (i.e. hospitalization, long term illness, etc.), contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 513-529-1877. Staff members in the Office of the Dean of Students can assist you with developing a plan for managing the impact of the medical issue on your campus life. You should also personally notify your professors if you have missed and/or expect to miss any classes; your professors are in the best position to discuss how absences from class will affect your class performance.

The Office of the Dean of Students serves as a contact resource by providing instructors with notification of class absences in critical and emergency situations, such as hospitalization, serious illness, and serious injury of the student or death of an immediate family member. The class absence notifications from the Office of the Dean of Students are strictly informational and advisory, and are not intended to verify or provide proof of the legitimacy of the absence.

Getting around Campus with a Temporary Mobility Impairment

Students who are utilizing mobility aids such as electric scooters, wheelchairs, canes or crutches are advised to research the most accessible route to get to and from class. Wheelchairs, scooters and other mobility devices are considered personal devices and are not provided for loan by SDS.

SDS does not provide personal assistance to students with temporary disabilities such as building-to-building transportation or the transport of books or other personal items. Students with temporary mobility imapirments may be eligible for Butler County Regional Transit Authority ADA Transit Services.