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Temporary Medical Conditions

Temporary medical conditions such as injuries, surgeries, or acute illnesses may not qualify as permanent disabling conditions. However, Disability Services does provide assistance to students and guidance on working with a temporary medical condition while attending Keystone College.

Keystone staff and faculty know 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.

Temporary Medical Conditions
Campus Resources
Being seriously incapacitated can create a host of practical and emotional consequences. Seeking support takes many different forms. Discussing the situation with someone may help you sort out your options and decide what to do. There are several confidential resources available on campus that can provide you with information that may be helpful in dealing with your situation.
Documentation of a Temporary Medical Condition
Obtain a dated letter from your medical provider describing your condition, including the duration and limitations of your condition. Please refer to the documentation guidelines. Submit any information you would like to support your claim then contact Disability Services to schedule an intake interview. The accommodations you are authorized to receive will be outlined in a letter that you will need to discuss and provide with your professors. Accommodations for temporary conditions will only be issued for a set period of time and can be renewed if needed by contacting Disability Services.
Collaborate with your Instructors
These are your most important allies. Keep them informed of difficulties you are facing and be proactive by suggesting possible solutions. (e.g., making up missed work, the need for notetakers, additional time or scribes for exams, getting to class on time, seating, extra space to store crutches). Decisions regarding your temporary needs are at the discretion of disability services working in conjunction with your instructors and the policies they have stated in the course syllabus.
You may need to reduce your course load and/or allow additional time in your schedule for schoolwork and rehabilitation. Talk with your instructors immediately to reach an agreement regarding classes and assignments you are going to miss or have already missed. This includes making up missed exams and quizzes and time extensions on assignments. There may be other sections of the same class that you can attend in lieu of the one in which you are registered.

If your condition has caused you to miss a major part of the semester, it may be necessary to withdraw from a course, take a medical leave of absence, or to request an incomplete. Discuss this with your professors and advisors. Contact Student Central or your primary academic advisor for information about withdrawing from classes.

The procedure for missing class due to medical reasons is to contact your professors immediately and file documentation with the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Please email any documents to, if you prefer to deliver them in person the office is located on the second floor of Sabiston. This information will be treated by your instructors according to their stated attendance policy. Whether or not this will be considered an excused absence will thus be determined by individual instructors.

Class Notes
You are welcome to ask a fellow classmate to make a photocopy or scan their notes to you. Disability Services can also arrange this for the student (if the student has been authorized to receive this accommodation). Another option is recording class lectures using a digital recorder, pen, or software (e.g., Livescribe Pen, EverNote, etc.).
Exams may present a special challenge for those with temporary conditions. With advance notice, the strategies listed below might be acceptable alternatives that Disability Services can help to arrange.

  • Instead of using a scantron, mark answers selections directly on exam.
  • Instead of handwriting an essay, use a laptop.
  • Extra time to complete an exam or in-class project.
  • Orally record your answers.
  • Use a scribe/reader provided through the Test Proctoring Center

Contact Us

Disability Services
Frank J. Ohotnicky, M.S.,
Director of the Learning Center

Office Hours: M – F
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Miller Library - Office 307