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Temporary Medical Conditions

Temporary medical conditions typically involve injuries or illnesses. Students are responsible for notifying the college of the need for assistance due to a temporary condition. It is important for students to do this in a timely manner because, given the demands of the block plan, managing support for a temporary condition can be challenging.

There may be multiple points of contact when a student requires assistance due to a temporary medical condition:

Accessibility Resources

Students, faculty, and staff can consult with Accessibility Resources. The Accessibility Resources staff can assist in evaluating student needs and in making arrangements for temporary accommodations. Following are examples of some of the accommodations provided when appropriate for each student’s situation:

  • Inability to write with dominant hand due to a physical injury: use of voice recognition software; copies of notes from another student in class.
  • Difficulty writing with dominant hand due to a physical injury but can type: use of a computer for exams.
  • Difficulty reading print materials due to a concussion: audio formats of books, when available; text-to-speech software.
  • Difficulty with focus and concentration due to a concussion or side effects from medication: extended time for exams; distraction-reduced exam setting.

Student Life Office

Students can contact the Student Life Office to discuss concerns related to temporary medical conditions. At times, though, Student Life may already be aware of a student’s situation via the Dean’s On-call Representative who has responded to an emergency or crisis. When aware of academic concerns related to a student’s temporary condition, Student Life will notify appropriate faculty and the Vice Provost.

Also, when appropriate, Student Life can assist students by making arrangements for a leave of absence or by referring students to the Registrar’s Office for a change in grade track and/or an excused grade.

Faculty

At times, students may initiate contact with faculty to inform them of classroom needs resulting from temporary conditions. Faculty and students may consult with the Student Life Office and/or the Vice Provost if assistance is needed to respond to academic concerns.

Temporary Medical Conditions During Off-campus and Abroad Programs

Managing needs related to a temporary condition while participating in an off-campus or abroad program can be especially challenging. Students and faculty should consult with the Director of Global Education or the Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Strategic Initiatives to discuss possible assistance and accommodations.

Contact information:

Student Life Office, 719-389-6689, Armstrong Hall 107

Pedro de Araujo, Vice Provost: pedro.dearaujo@coloradocollege.edu, 719-389-6687, Armstrong Hall 212

Emily Chan, Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Strategic Initiatives: echan@coloradocollege.edu, 719-389-6679, Armstrong Hall 214

Inger Bull, Director of Global Education: inger.bull@coloradocollege.edu, 719-227-8280, Armstrong 215

Jan Edwards, Director of Accessibility Resources: jedwards@coloradocollege.edu, 719-227-8285, Armstrong 211

Sara Rotunno, Assistant Director of Accessibility Resources: sara.rotunno@coloradocollege.edu, 719-227-8287, Armstrong 211

Also, students may seek assistance from a variety of other offices on campus, including the following:

Registrar’s Office, 719-389-6610

Adjustment of course schedules; requests for a change in grade track or an excused grade.

Student Health Center, 719-389-6384

Urgent and preventative care; referrals to local physicians; medical liaison services with home and outside physicians; medication management; referral to off-campus services that provide medical equipment, including crutches and wheelchairs; communication with faculty regarding a student’s temporary condition and needs, per HIPAA guidelines.

Counseling Center, 719-389-6093

The Counseling Center staff can work with students to manage psychological impacts of temporary conditions, including concussions.

Wellness Resource Center, 719-389-6211

The Wellness Resource Center can help students connect with resources and to identify healthy living strategies.

Residential Life, 719-389-6618

Accessibility issues in campus housing. (Please note: The ability to accommodate requests for accessible housing are guided by space availability and student needs.)

Campus Safety, 719-389-6707

On-campus transportation, when available, for students with mobility impairments. If students need rides on a regular basis (e.g., at 9:00 every class day for an entire block), they are encouraged to call Campus Safety ahead of time to alert them of this need.

Parking, 719-389-6888

Parking permits.

Facilities, 719-389-6568

Information regarding access to campus facilities; snow removal service.