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Temporary Injury

Academic Accommodations for Temporary Injuries

While we recognize that students may experience temporary injuries that will impact their academic performance, the Office of Disability Resources (ODR) operates under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which does not recognize temporary injuries as a disability for which accommodation is legally mandated. Therefore, effective November 5, 2012, ODR does not provide services to students with temporary injuries and will no longer provide temporary injury letters.

Academic assistance, accommodations, and/or modifications are at the discretion of individual faculty members. The following supports have been provided to temporarily injured students in the past. It is not an exhaustive list nor are all accommodations appropriate in every individual situation.  

Note-taking Assistance

  • Use of a word processor for note-taking
  • Use of a recorder during lectures
  • Copies of PowerPoint slides/notes
  • Peer assistance (as needed) regarding note taking

Test-taking Assistance

  • Use of a word processor for exams
  • Extended time (as needed) for tests and quizzes
  • Use of a scribe


  • Student may be late transitioning between classes due to his temporary medical concern
  • Student may have absences related to his temporary medical concern.
  • Student will be unable to participate in activities that require excessive movement or lifting.


Due to the need to respect the confidentiality of students who are registered with ODR with permanent disabilities, students with temporary injuries are not permitted to test in the ODR testing center.

For information regarding accessible parking needs due to a temporary injury, please visit our website: http://www.longwood.edu/disability/45383.htm. I

information regarding wheelchair rentals and Longwood's golf cart policy can also be found on our website here: http://www.longwood.edu/disability/45411.htm

If you are interested in discussing potential ideas regarding a specific student's situation, feel free to contact Lindsay Farrar, Director of Disability Resources at x2391 or farrarlf@longwood.edu.