Temporary accommodations are available to students who are experiencing temporary disabilities that impact their educational experience at Maria College. For example, students with temporary injuries—or students who are recovering from surgery—are experiencing short-term medical conditions and may need temporary accommodations. Temporary disabilities include, but are not limited to the following.
- Broken limbs
- Hand injuries
- Short-term impairment while recovering from surgery or medical treatments
Missing a few classes or deadlines due to an acute, short-term illness, such as the flu, normally does not require formal accommodation. Students should be able to work directly with their instructors to get back on track.
Students qualifying for temporary accommodations will be provided reasonable accommodations that allow for them to continue with their classes and/or other academic programming whenever possible. Student accommodations will be communicated to faculty via the student’s Agreement for Temporary Accommodations. Faculty may, at any time, contact Accessibility Services via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance in addressing the student’s needs.
The nature and period of time for which accommodations are granted will vary depending on the individual student’s circumstances and will take into consideration recommendations issued by an appropriate medical provider. As with standard accommodations, students will need to register with Accessibility Services and present suitable documentation prior to the issue of any temporary accommodations.
Depending on the nature of the temporary disability and supporting medical documentation, reasonable accommodations granted under Temporary Accommodations may include, but are not limited to the following.
- Extended time to complete assignments
- Extended time to complete exams and/or other assessments
- Electronic delivery of tests and other assessments
- Accommodations to capture information in the classroom
- Virtual attendance in courses
- Other modifications to the Maria College educational experience or to other aspects of College programming and activities, as deemed appropriate by College officials
All temporary accommodations provided to students under Temporary Accommodations will expire when the temporary disability has resolved. Accessibility Services will notify the individual (and, as applicable, the relevant faculty member) of the expiration of any accommodations in writing. Students may request that accommodations be extended past their expiration and/or be renewed for a given period of time. In all cases, extension or renewal of any temporary accommodation must be supported by documentation originating from an appropriate medical provider. New accommodation agreements will be issued if an extension is deemed warranted.
Registering for Temporary Accommodations
Students who wish to receive temporary accommodations at Maria College must register with the Office of Accessibility Services. A student may access the Temporary Accommodations Registration Form through the Accessibility Services Webpage.
Following submission of the Registration Form, the student will be contacted to schedule an Intake Interview. This interview will last approximately 30 minutes, during which:
- Accessibility Services will review all medical documentation provided by the student to ensure it meets Maria College standards and will provide the student with an overview of the role of Accessibility Services and the supports available.
- The student will be given the opportunity to discuss their specific needs in detail and to ask any questions related to registration.
Once students have completed the registration process, an Agreement for Temporary Accommodations will be generated to be reviewed and signed by the student and by Accessibility Services.
Once signatures have been obtained, Accessibility Services will provide the student with an electronic (.pdf) version of the final document. It is the student’s responsibility to submit their Agreement for Temporary Accommodations to instructors either in hardcopy or by email. No accommodations can be provided until this process has been completed it its entirety.
If you have questions regarding this process, you may request an appointment by emailing email@example.com.
Documentation to Support Temporary Accommodations
In all cases where temporary accommodations are sought, students must provide Accessibility Services with documentation from a treating medical provider that clearly justifies the need for the accommodations requested. In most cases, appropriate documentation will include a medical note from the individual’s own medical provider stating the following.
- A description of the temporary disability
- Expected temporary limitations
- Anticipated recovery time
- Recommended accommodations
- Since temporary accommodations needs can be of an urgent nature, students should be in touch with Accessibility Services with any questions and to discuss accommodations options.
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- Since, in most cases, temporary accommodations will be provided by a student’s instructors, students should meet directly with their instructors to discuss what material, assignments, and exams/assessments have been or may be missed.
- If a student has missed or must miss a substantial amount of their courses in a given semester and needs to take a Medical Leave of Absence, the student should review the Leave of Absence details in the Maria College Student Handbook available at https://mariacollege.edu/student-support.
 Except when to do so would result in a fundamental alteration of the program/assessment or a dilution of standards.
 Accommodations Agreements will be provided to the student electronically. It will be the student’s responsibility to send the Agreement to their instructors via email.
 Accommodations Agreements will generally be available within three (3) business days of the completion of the Intake Interview.