Temporary Health Conditions

Iowa State University recognizes students may have absences related to illness, medical care, or other situations that can impact attendance and coursework. In these instances, it is the responsibility of the student to work with their instructors to discuss ways to meet course expectations - see Emergency Notifications for more information. Students are responsible for informing instructors of their need to be absent from class for unscheduled events (i.e. sudden illness, etc.) or medical appointments - we suggest contacting each instructor by email to advise of absence and initiate related communication (see Communication Tips for Students for some important suggestions and guidance related to communicating with instructors).

When an absence is related to injury, post-surgical limits, temporary health conditions, etc. that may impact participation in coursework, Student Accessibility Services can provide temporary services to assist students in their academic work. This is only possible if the student provides valid documentation to SAS staff that supports a need for absence and/or important necessary assistance. In these cases, SAS staff will work with the student to determine appropriate temporary health accommodations and send an email to instructors which will provide direction on ways to assist the student. The student is responsible for following up with each of their instructors to initiate their temporary accommodations.

The established process for temporary assistance related to injuries or temporary health conditions is as follows:

  • Student contacts SAS by phone 515-294-7220 or by email accessibility@iastate.edu to explain their situation and set up an in-person or virtual Welcome Meeting with staff.
  • When a meeting is not possible, the student will communicate with SAS staff by phone to learn about the process and discuss related topics.
  • Student will provide evidence of the situation (i.e. medical documentation) to SAS staff to support their request for assistance.
  • SAS staff will email the student's instructors and copy the communication to the student. This communication outlines recommended ways to provide temporary accommodations to the student.
  • The student is responsibility for following up with each of their instructors to initiate their temporary accommodations. 

For example, a student slips on the ice and fractures their dominant hand making it impossible to write. After meeting with the student, SAS staff may ask the instructor to assist the student by providing access to lecture notes.