Temporary Injuries

The Weingarten Center may be available to assist students who have a temporary injury which results in a functional impairment. Examples of temporary conditions include broken bones, concussions, injuries requiring surgery and other acute illnesses. Appropriate temporary accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis and may include: a copy of class notes, assistance with taking tests, quizzes, or exams if the student is unable to write, or a referral to use Penn Accessible Transit (PAT) to assist with on-campus transportation.

It is required that a diagnosis be made by a licensed physician with credentials in the area of the injury in question. The following documentation guidelines are provided to assist the Disability Specialist in collaborating with each student to determine appropriate accommodations:

  • All documentation must be provided using the Weingarten Center’s documentation form for physical/medical disabilities or be typewritten and signed on professional letterhead bearing the physician’s address, phone, and clinical affiliation. The physician’s license number and any additional information about specialty credentials should be listed. 
  • The report should describe the type and severity of the individual’s symptoms at the time of first diagnosis, and give the approximate date of their onset and expected recovery time. Subsequent progress and treatment of the condition should also be given.
  • A description of the individual’s current symptoms should be reported.
  • The report should detail any currently prescribed or recommended treatment, such as medical treatment, physical therapy, dietary requirements, assistive devices, etc.

  • Specific substantial limitations related to the injury should be listed, especially those that impact academic access , such as taking notes, using a computer, reading standardized print, etc.

  • Additional documentation will be required if symptoms or residual side effects of the injury continue past the initial reported recovery time.