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Temporary Disabilities/impairments

Moravian College recognizes that individuals with temporarily disabling conditions that are a result of injuries, surgery, or short-term medical conditions may need access to services and resources similar to individuals with permanent disabilities. Examples of temporary disabilities may include but are not limited to the following: broken limbs, hand injuries, concussion, or short term impairments following surgery, or medical/mental health treatments. A temporary impairment, which does not qualify as an ADA disability, may nonetheless still be a “serious health condition” requiring reasonable accommodations. A temporary impairment caused by an injury may also be a covered disability under the ADA Amendments Act if it is sufficiently severe to substantially limit a major life activity.

What qualifies as a “Temporary Impairment?”

Typically, injuries or illnesses that impact the student's ability to attend class, complete coursework, participate in programs or participate in programs or activities on campus constitute a "temporary disability."

What are examples of a “Temporary Impairment?” (Note: this is not an inclusive list)

  • Concussion/traumatic brain injury
  • Physical injuries such as fractured bones, burns, lacerations, etc.
  • Illness such as Mononucleosis, Influenza, Meningitis, skin disorders, temporary hearing/vision loss.
  • Short-term impairments following surgery or medical treatments.
  • Adverse reactions to medication(s)
  • Mental Health situations such as partial hospitalization

What are the documentation guidelines for a temporary impairment?

  • To receive accommodations for a temporary impairment, the student will meet with the director of accessibility services and provide medical documentation to that addresses the following criteria:
  • Type of temporary impairment
  • Severity
  • Functional limitations affecting academic or residential life
  • Prognosis
  • The estimated duration of the impairment
  • Recommendations for accommodations

The documentation should be recent enough to identify current limitations and be written by an appropriate health care provider. Additional documentation may be requested to verify the need for continued services after the estimated duration of the condition has expired.

What are the potential accommodations for temporary impairments?

Academic accommodations are approved on a case by case basis by the Director of Accessibility Services.

Students with temporary impairments may want to discuss:

  • Reasonable classroom and testing accommodations
  • Housing and dining accommodations
  • Accessible routes and elevator access on campus
  • Alternate forms of transportation if needed
  • Access to programs and events on campus 
  • Impact of absences upon course completion

How do I get around on campus with a temporary impairment?

The Moravian Shuttle provides a continuous loop between the Main and Hurd campuses operating on weekdays (between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.), weekday evenings (on the hour and half hour from the HUB and quarter after and quarter of the hour from the HILL starting 7 p.m. and ending 12:15 a.m. at the HILL), and weekends (on the hour and half hour from the HUB and quarter after and quarter of the hour from the HILL starting 7 p.m. and ending 12:15 a.m. at the HILL).  Extended bus service will be available on Friday (Saturday AM)/Saturday (Sunday AM) evenings and will continue until the last bus leaves the HUB at 2 a.m. To access the most up-to-date shuttle information and schedule, click here.  

To request a wheelchair-accessible campus shuttle, contact the HUB desk by calling 610-861-1491. 

Students who are utilizing mobility aids such as electric scooters, wheelchairs, canes or crutches are advised to consult with the Accessibility Services Center to determine the most accessible route to travel to and from class and other college programs and activities. Wheelchairs, scooters and other mobility devices are considered personal devices and are not provided by the ASC. Students may also refer to the campus map for the best route and entrances to access to particular locations on campus. 

Students requiring the use of accessible parking spaces must have a state-issued parking placard. Students who are interested in obtaining a disabled parking permit must apply for a temporary permit through their home state department of motor vehicles.  Vehicles displaying valid state-issued handicapped license tag and/or window placards identifying the driver or passenger as handicapped will be authorized to park in designated handicapped spaces.

How do I access my classroom if the building is not accessible?

In cases where you are assigned to a non-accessible building for one or more of your classes, please contact the Director of Accessibility Services to request that your class be moved to an accessible location on campus. 

How can I access my residence hall with a temporary physical impairment?

Students who have mobility concerns may request to be moved to an accessible residence hall, room and/or to a room with accessible bathroom facilities. The ASC will work with you and housing on your reasonable accommodation. For more information about housing accommodation requests contact

Since accommodations may take up to two weeks or more to process, please contact the ASC as early as possible to determine the most appropriate course of action given the nature of the situation. If you are aware of an upcoming surgery, for example, it is best to contact the ASC prior to your procedure.

We encourage all students with temporary injuries to contact the ASC for any needed accommodations. 

When a student, Health Center, Counseling Center, or parent reports a temporary injury, the ASC sends out the following responsive email:

"When you have a moment, please either call 610-861-1401 or stop by the first floor of Monocacy Hall to schedule an appointment with Barbara Hausman so the two of you can discuss your accommodations and how you can stay current with your studies while you are recovering.  

Should you miss two or more consecutive classes, please complete our online Absence Reporting Form by clicking here.  The form is student-generated, and it documents and reports an injury or extended student absence to faculty members and any relevant personnel at Moravian College using the student's voice.  To clarify, an extended absence is defined as missing 2 or more consecutive classes. (For example missing ECON 236 which meets on Monday & Wednesday, one lab class for CHEM 114, one class that meets once per week, or ENGL 102 which meets on Tuesday & Thursday).  

It is important that you read the attendance requirement and make-up policies on each course syllabus and communicate with each course instructor, as any deviation from the syllabus is at the discretion of the instructor.

You will have an opportunity while on the form to submit any documentation supporting your absence.  This may include a note from the health center, physician, or athletic trainer. You may also submit the hospital discharge paperwork, if applicable.  In the event of a death in the immediate family, the student may provide a death certificate without the Social Security number, an obituary, or a funeral card. If the documentation is not available at the time the form is completed, please send the documentation as soon as it is available.  

You can use your smartphone to take a picture of the document page(s) if you do not have access to a scanner.  Below are instructions on how to scan documents using the Notes app on your iPad/iPhone:

  1. Open a new or existing note
  2. Tap the + icon and tap Scan Documents
  3. Place your document in the camera’s view
  4. Use the shutter button or one of the volume buttons to capture the scan
  5. If needed, adjust the corners of the scan by dragging, then tap Keep Scan
  6. Tap Save when finished scanning or continue on to add more pages

For your protection, we do not accept emails or email attachments containing personally identifiable information. Documentation can be submitted using one of the following secure methods: