Services are available for Towson University students who need assistance due to a temporary physical or medical condition. Temporary conditions are those resolved in a matter of weeks or a few months. They are not covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and services are not guaranteed.
When to Contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
A student who is hospitalized for an extended time or has an on-going serious medical issue may contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at (410) 704-2055 or studentaffairs AT_TOWSON. This office can assist you with developing a plan for managing the impact of your medical issue on campus. You should also notify your professors if you have missed or will miss classes; your professors are in the best position to discuss how absences from class will affect you. The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs can serve as a resource by contacting instructors with notification of class absences in critical and emergency situations. The class absence notifications are strictly informational and advisory; they are not intended to verify or provide proof of the legitimacy of the absence.
Students with temporary health conditions should make their own arrangements for assistance when possible, such as asking a friend to help with transportation or asking another student in class for a copy of his or her notes.
When to Contact Disability Support Services (DSS)
Students needing additional assistance should initiate the process for registering with Disability Support Services (DSS) on a temporary basis. DSS works with students on a case-by-case basis if their condition significantly impacts one or more major life activities. Examples of temporary conditions include broken limbs, hand injuries or short term impairments following surgery or medical treatments. There are three steps to register with DSS:
Step One: Complete and submit a Disability Support Services application.
Step Two: Provide a written statement on letterhead from the professional treating the condition to verify the condition and need for temporary services. This statement should specifically address the:
- Condition and relevant limitations, such as “cannot walk more than 50 feet”
- Type of assistance needed
- Length of time the assistance will be needed
Step Three: Meet with a DSS specialist to discuss your needs. Depending on the nature of the limitation, accommodations may be provided for the period of time in which the student is impacted.
Examples of temporary accommodations include:
- Note taking assistance
- Assistance with taking exams if the student is impacted in reading or writing
- Paratransit van assistance for on-campus transportation
DSS does not provide personal assistance to students with temporary disabilities, such as carrying books or lending personal mobility aids.
Getting Around Campus and Parking with a Temporary Health Condition
Students with limited mobility should research the most accessible routes to get to and from classes. The university provides paratransit service that will make scheduled pickups for students with mobility needs who are registered with DSS. Paratransit vans are equipped with a wheelchair lift and will make pickups at campus locations that are safely accessible by vehicle.
For further information about disabled parking and getting around campus please see the Parking & Transportation Services Accessibility Page.