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For Students with Temporary Medical Conditions

Students enrolled at NDSU may at some time require assistance in accessing the learning environment due to a temporary medical condition. Temporary medical conditions are ones that are expected to be resolved in a matter of weeks or a few months, e.g., a broken arm, or a broken leg or infectious mononucleosis.  Unlike services or accommodations approved for eligible students with disabilities, the University is not obligated to provide “courtesy services” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).   

The Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management will attempt to assist students dealing with temporary medical conditions in their efforts to remain in the university setting.  It is the student’s responsibility to access and follow the “Temporary Medical Conditions” steps listed below.  NDSU cannot guarantee services will be provided in all situations, but personnel of the institution will assist the student when possible. 

In the event a student is hospitalized, the student can contact the Office of Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, 701-231-8380. Office personnel will notify faculty members of the situation. This notification does not mean the student will be excused from class.  No retroactive notice of absence will be sent by the Office of Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. 

Students needing assistance with temporary medical conditions are encouraged to follow the steps listed below:

Step 1:           
The student will be expected to make his/her own arrangements for assistance when possible.  Examples of this include, but are not limited to, asking a roommate for transportation, seeking notes from another class participant, and asking the faculty to locate a scribe for an exam.

Step 2:           
If the student is unable to make his/her own arrangements for specific needs, the student can contact Wendy Baumann at 701-231-6519 or to arrange for assistance. The student will need to complete the Request for Assistance with Temporary Medical Conditions form. A supporting statement from the treating professional will be submitted to and include the following:


  • Be communicated on letterhead 
  • Identify the relevant limitations of the condition, such as “cannot walk more than 30 feet” 
  • State an approximate length of time the student will be impacted, if possible.


The student will also submit a copy of his/her current class schedule along with the request.  

Step 3                        
In addition to filling out the Request for Assistance with Temporary Medical Conditions form, the student can contact the NDSU offices listed below for consultation regarding specific needs.  

Temporary accessible parking permit
Campus Parking- Parking and Transportation Services, 701-231-5771 
Persons with short-term medical conditions or injuries (six weeks maximum) may purchase an accessible parking permit at NDSU Parking and Transportation Services. Appropriate written verification of need from your physician is required.

Equipment such as wheelchairs/crutches
Through local health care accessory providers.

Step 4                        
If the medical condition prevents the student from attending classes for an extended period of time, the student will need to contact each of his/her instructors to explain the absence, share the professional’s written statement about the condition, and determine the time frame to make up the work. Each instructor will advise the student on how the absence will affect the student’s grade and whether it is feasible to remain enrolled in the class. 

If it is necessary for the student to withdraw from the University after the deadline, the student can initiate the process by filling out a Withdraw to Zero Credits form online or at One Stop, Customer Accounts, or Registration and Records offices.  

Please contact Wendy Baumann at 701-231-6519 for more information.

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Revised Sept  2009 by NDSU Disability Services, NDSU Student Health Service,  NDSU Counseling Center, NDSU Memorial Union Assistant Director for Service Learning and Civic Engagement  and the NDSU Office of Vice-Provost of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. (Revised Feb, 2012)

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North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7787
Campus address: Memorial Union
Physical/delivery address: 1401 Administration Ave., Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 2837/ PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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