Temporary Medical Conditions

Temporary Medical Conditions


Some disabling conditions are temporary, but may require accommodations for a limited time. Students who are recovering from surgery, injury or severe illness may be unaware of accommodations that may be reasonable for a limited period. Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services to determine whether they are eligible for accommodations. Documentation is required for temporary disabilities. Reasonable accommodations are determined based upon the nature of the medical condition.

(This service is not a requirement of the law, but is a humane consideration that can be accommodated by the College.)

Some accommodations may include:

  • Using a liaison with faculty regarding absences
  • Requesting a volunteer to share notes and gather handouts
  • Determining if the student qualifies for a grade of incomplete and collaboration with the instructor
  • Taking make-up exams in the Academic Skills Center


Eligibility for Disability Services at the College of Saint Elizabeth is dependent upon the nature of the disability and its impact on learning. A person might meet eligibility requirements of vocational rehabilitation, disabled veterans or any other rehabilitation agency; however, she/he may not meet eligibility at the College of Saint Elizabeth.

One of the reasons that the College of Saint Elizabeth has developed these guidelines is to ensure consistency throughout the institution. These guidelines are fairly consistent with those used by agencies administering standardized assessments.

The ultimate decision for eligibility on campus is a judgment that must be made by the Coordinator of Disability Services based upon the guidelines developed for each type of disability. Once a student has been verified as disabled by the College of Saint Elizabeth Office of Disability Services, a disability eligibility form should be completed and placed in a confidential file with the determining documentation.


The following guidelines are provided to assist the service provider in collaborating with each student to determine the appropriate accommodations. Documentation serves as a foundation that legitimizes a student's request for appropriate accommodations. Required documentation includes:

  • A clear statement of the medical diagnosis of the orthopedic/mobility disability or systemic illness
  • Documentation for eligibility must reflect the current impact the physical disability or systemic illness has on the student's functioning (the age of acceptable documentation is dependent upon the disabling condition, the student's request for accommodations and the current status of the student). Therefore,disabilities that are sporadic or degenerative may require more frequent evaluation
  • A summary of assessment procedures and evaluative instruments used to make the diagnosis, including evaluation results and standardized scores if applicable
  • A description of present systems that meet the criteria for diagnosis
  • Medical information relating to the student's needs to include the impact of medication on the student's ability to meet the demands of a post-secondary environment
  • A statement of the functional impact of limitation of the disability on learning or other major life activity and the degree to which it impacts the individual in the learning context for which accommodation are being requested

Further assessment by an appropriate professional may be required if co-existing learning disabilities or other disabling conditions are indicated. The student and the disability specialist at the institution collaboratively determine appropriate accommodations.