Students may experience temporary medical conditions that impact academic participation or accessibility around campus. The Office of Disability Services will work with the individual student to create an Access Plan so their education is not affected by their impairment or condition.

What are Temporary Impairments and Health Conditions?

Temporary impairments and/or health conditions include, but are not limited to, broken limbs, burns, post-surgery recovery, pregnancy and other similar conditions that temporarily impair or influence with students' abilities to fully participate in academic activities.

James Madison University is not obligated to provide services to students with temporary, non-chronic impairments as they are not covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). However, in an effort to create an accessible and inclusive community, the Office of Disability Services works with students and faculty to find solutions to the short-term issues that may arise from injuries or health conditions.


Accommodations for students with a temporary impairment or condition depend on their individual limitations and documentation. The accommodations that are available, but are not limited to, the following:

How to get Accommodations

The Office of Disability Services requires a student with a temporary impairment or heath condition to register for services. The registration process includes the following steps:

  1. Submit application and release form. Please submit the application and release form to ODS in person, via fax, via mail, or scan and e-mail to
  2. Provide documentation of the impairment and the associated need for accommodations, preferably by having a treating clinician complete the ODS Verification of Medical or Psychological Condition or Disability form.
  3. A practitioner in ODS will review the materials submitted with the expectation of discussion in meeting with the student.
  4. ODS will contact student for initial meeting via telephone or e-mail to your account. In this meeting, staff and the student will discuss things such as duration of condition, accommodation recommendations, and resources that can assist the student with their temporary impairment or health condition.

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