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Accessibility Services

temporary illness and injuries

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.

What qualifies as a “Temporary Impairment?”

Typically, temporary 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."

Examples of temporary disabilities may include but are not limited to the following

  • Broken limbs
  • Concussion
  • Hand injuries
  • Medical/mental health treatments.
  • Short-term impairments following surgery

A temporary impairment, which does not qualify as an ADA disability, may 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 enough to substantially limit a major life activity.

Depending on when the injury and/or illness occurs, it can significantly impact the accommodation options available to the student.  

Some additional Offices that May be Helpful

Below are some offices that may need additional communication:

  • Athletics:  Coaches and/or Athletic Trainers
  • Campus Safety
  • Counseling Center
  • Dining
  • Health Center
  • Residence Life and Housing
  • Registrar

Timely and open communication with the Accessibility Services Center (ASC), faculty, and other campus offices, as needed, about the nature and duration of the condition and requested assistance can often result in satisfactory solutions to the short-term issues caused by the injury or condition. 

Where to Start

  • Contact your professors as soon as possible of your condition and what effect you think it might have on meeting attendance or other class requirements (such as exams and deadlines). Communication is very important. If you send an urgent message by email, be sure to follow up.
  • Depending on the nature of your temporary illness and/or injuries, one of these offices may be able to inform your professors of your situation and request academic considerations:
    • Athletic Trainers and Coaches:  If you are a student-athlete and sustained an injury while participating in Moravian athletic events, you should contact the Athletic Trainers for follow-up.
    • Health Center:  If you have an illness or injury that is not sports related, you should contact the Health Center.  
  • Speak with your Advisor to discuss whether taking a reduced course load, an incomplete, or a leave of absence may be appropriate options. 
  • Ask your network of friends and classmates to help you with things such as requesting copies of class notes, personal assistance, transportation to classes/appointments, and getting meals.
  • Contact the dining staff for assistance if you need help using the dining hall or getting meals. Residential staff can often help with getting take out meals as well.

When to Contact the ASC

The process of registering with the ASC can take more than a week. It can also take a few days to put accommodations or services in place. Registering with ASC may not be appropriate for temporary injuries and illnesses that only last a few days. In that circumstance, it is important that you contact your professor and create a short-term plan with them.  

The ASC will engage in an interactive process with each student and will review requests for accommodations on an individualized, case-by-case basis. Depending on the nature and functional limitations of a student’s documented temporary illness or injury, he or she may be eligible for accommodations.  Accommodations are extended to students with temporary conditions for the duration of their functional limitations associated with the condition.

Consider registering with the ASC if you have a condition that will last more than a few days and:

  • Your instructors need guidance from the ASC on academic accommodations.
  • You have classes or programs in classrooms or buildings that are not accessible.
  • Your condition prevents you from participating in your classes or programs.

Before the ASC can provide accommodations, the student will need to complete an Intake Form and provide supporting documentation from their health care provider to be reviewed by the ASC.  Once reviewed, we can discuss possible accommodations.  We are not able to provide immediate accommodations. 

The ASC does not provide a personal assistant to assist with tasks such as typing homework assignments, doing laundry, using the bathroom, taking showers, etc. 

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

When the campus is open, the Moravian Shuttle provides a continuous loop between the Main Street Campus (North) and the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus (South) and operates 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. Access the most up-to-date shuttle information and schedule can be found by clicking 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 ASC 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 or Moravian College. Students may also refer to the campus map for the best route and entrances to access 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.  For those individuals who are residents of Pennsylvania, click here for information pertaining to the temporary parking placard.

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 ASC to request that your class be moved to an accessible location on campus.  We must have documentation from your health care provider first in order to facilitate this request.  

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 illnesses or injuries to contact the ASC for any needed accommodations.