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Temporary Accommodations

Temporary health impairments such as injuries, surgeries, or acute illnesses may not qualify as permanent disabling conditions, but may still be “disabling” and require academic adjustments. The DRSC provides assistance to students and guidance on working with a temporary medical condition while attending CSU-Pueblo. CSU-Pueblo understands these situations often impact students' ability to attend classes and complete work effectively. Below are strategies and resources for finding needed support during a difficult time. If you would like to meet with DRSC professional staff to discuss a temporary medical condition, contact us at 719-549-2648.

Proof of Temporary Medical Condition

It is advised that students with temporary health impairments obtain a letter from their medical or mental health provider (or other qualified professional treating the student) describing the impairment condition, including the duration and limitations of the impairment. Students can then distribute the letter to their instructors and campus staff as needed.

Academic Adjustments

Students with a temporary health impairment should contact their instructors as soon as possible to discuss the need for academic accommodations. Temporary conditions are not considered disabilities but, if a student needs accommodations beyond the capabilities of an instructor, the DRSC can provide assistance. The DRSC will need documentation of the temporary health impairment and at least two business days to review accommodation requests before any services or accommodation plans can be established.

Potential accommodations for temporary health impairments include (but are not limited to):

  • Attendance/homework due date leniency
  • Note taking assistance (audio recorder, copy of classmate’s notes)
  • Exam accommodations (extra time, scribe, use of computer for essays)
  • Accessibility of the classroom

CSU-Pueblo and the DRSC do not provide personal assistance to students with temporary health impairments such as building-to-building transportation or the transport of books or other personal items. Wheelchairs, scooters, and other mobility devices are considered personal devices and are not loaned by the DRSC.

Types of Academic Adjustments

Students with temporary health impairments may need to consider a reduced course load and allow additional time for rehabilitation. Impacted students should talk with their instructors immediately to reach an agreement regarding classes and assignments they will miss or have already missed. This includes making up missed exams and quizzes and extensions on assignments. There may be other sections of the same class that students can attend in lieu of the one in which they are registered.

If the impairment has caused students to miss a major part of the semester, it may be necessary to withdraw or request an incomplete. Students should discuss this with their instructors, financial aid advisor, and academic advisor. Contact the Registrar’s Office for information about withdrawing from classes.

Students whose temporary health impairments impact their ability to take notes should consult with their instructors. Some options include:

  • Asking a student in class to take notes. Notes can be emailed or photocopied. Also, the DRSC can provide carbonless notepaper to students requiring this assistance.
  • Recording class lectures using a digital recorder, pen, or software (e.g., Livescribe Pen, One Note, etc.).
  • Asking a friend or family member to write or type. Students may also consider speech-to-text software programs (e.g., Dragon NaturallySpeaking). These allow students to speak into the computer through a microphone and the software then converts the speech into written text. Free versions are available online and in the DRSC, or students may purchase their own software.

Exams may present special challenges for those with temporary conditions. With advance notice, the strategies listed below might be acceptable alternatives for students to suggest to their instructors: 

  • Instead of using a ScanTron, marking answers selections directly on exam.
  • Instead of handwriting an essay, using a laptop
  • For lab related experiments or "hands on" exams, orally describing what the student would do, why they would do it, what they observe, etc.
  • If students need extra time to complete an exam, they should let the instructor know in advance
  • Take breaks during the exam
  • Orally record students’ answers
  • Using a scribe (provided by the instructor)

Should the need for additional assistance be required, the DRSC may be able to assist with test proctoring.

The DRSC should be contacted if a classroom is inaccessible. The DRSC will make arrangements for class relocation (if necessary) and/or provide for adaptive furniture such as a desk and/or chair.

Campus Resources

Temporary medical conditions can create a host of practical and emotional challenges. There are several campus resources available on campus that can provide students with information that may be helpful in dealing with their situation. 

  • Campus Dining Services
  • Counseling Center
  • Financial Aid
  • Health Services
  • Parking Services (Sheriff’s Office)
  • Registrar’s Office
  • Residence Life & Housing

Contact Information:

Justin Hiniker, Director

LARC 169
Phone: 719.549.2648
DRO@csupueblo.edu

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