Temporary impairments may include, but are not limited to, conditions such as concussions, recovery from surgery, or a broken arm or leg. Students are responsible for notifying the college of the need for assistance due to a temporary impairment. It is important for students to do this in a timely manner because, given the demands of the block plan, managing needs related to a temporary impairment can be challenging.
There may be multiple points of contact when a student requires assistance due to a temporary impairment:
Assistant Dean of Students
Typically, students will contact the Assistant Dean of Students to discuss concerns related to temporary impairments. At times, though, the Assistant Dean of Students may become 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 impairment, the Assistant Dean of Students will notify appropriate faculty and the Associate Dean of the College.
Also, when appropriate, the Assistant Dean of Students can assist students by making arrangements for a leave of absence or by referring students to the Registrar or Academic Dean's office for a change in grade track and/or an excused grade.
At times, students may initiate contact with faculty to inform them of classroom needs resulting from temporary impairments. Faculty and students may consult with the Assistant Dean of Students and/or the Associate Dean of the College if assistance is needed to respond to academic concerns.
Additionally, students, faculty, and staff can consult with Disability Services. The Disability Services staff can assist in evaluating student needs and in making arrangements for reasonable courtesy 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.
Cesar Cervantes, Assistant Dean of Students: 719-389-6689, Armstrong Hall 100
Re Evitt, Associate Dean of the College: 719-389-6686, Armstrong Hall 107
Jan Edwards, Director of Disability Services: 719-227-8285, Learning Commons in Tutt Library
Jeremy Remy, Assistant Director of Disability Services: 719-389-6252, Tutt Library Room 210
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.
Boettcher 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 impairment and needs, per HIPAA guidelines.
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 Office, (719) 389-6888
Facilities, (719) 389-6568
Information regarding access to campus facilities; snow removal service.