Vice President for Student Affairs

Temporary Disabilities - Frequently Asked Questions

The following guidelines will provide information about services and resources that the Office of Vice President of Student Affairs, and other campus partners, are able to offer in assistance to students with a temporary disability.

How does the University define a temporary disability?

A temporary disability is defined as a transitory impairment with an actual or expected duration of six months or less. Some examples of temporary disabilities addressed by these guidelines include broken extremities, hand injuries, torn ligaments, post-surgical recoveries etc. Temporary disabilities do not generally qualify as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act (ADAA); however ,severity and duration of the condition will be taken into consideration. Butler University will make every effort to provide assistance to Butler students with temporary disabilities. Determinations about specific support services will be made on a case to case basis in consultation with the individuals on campus noted below.

How can I request assistance for a temporary disability?

If you have a temporary disability and need assistance to manage day-to-day activities, contact the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs. Please call (317) 940-9570 to schedule an appointment.

A discussion with a staff member in Student Affairs regarding your particular circumstances can provide insight into the type of services that might be appropriate. The office is located in Atherton Union, Room 200 up the steps between the bookstore and Atherton Marketplace. Steps are required to reach the main door. You may also get to the office by using the Atherton elevator at the south end of the building. On the third floor there is a wheelchair accessible disability entrance into our office. We can also meet you at any main floor location.

What kinds of supports are available?

Temporary disability accommodations are considered on a case by case basis in consultation with the Office of Vice President of Student Affairs, Counseling and Consultation Services, Aramark Dining Services, Residence Life, Student Disability Services, and/or Health Services, depending on the nature of the request and as may be deemed necessary by the University.

  • If you have to miss class due to temporary disability, contact the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs and request a faculty notification be sent. Based on the information you provide, we will alert your instructors to absences or challenges for which you may need assistance. This notification is NOT an excuse. Students are expected to communicate directly with their instructors and to make up missed work. The Student Affairs notification may give some advance warning of this upcoming communication (317) 940-9570.
  • If you feel a temporary room location change would help your situation, contact the 
Office of Residence Life in Atherton Union 303, (317) 940-9458.
  • If you need close access to university buildings, contact the Butler University Police Department (BUPD) to investigate a temporary disabled parking permit (medical documentation will be requested). Butler University is not able to transport students with mobility challenges to and from classes or to off campus appointments. For campus transport students may need to rely on friends with vehicles, the Zip Car Rental program, or utilize a taxi service to get to off campus appointments.
  • If you cannot get to the dining hall a friend may bring meals to your room. Complete the "Sick Tray Form" or contact Dining Services, Atherton Union Room 110 (317) 940-9701.
  • If you are living in a Greek house and would like to discuss temporary services, contact your chapter president, house manager, or house corporation president. Becky Druetzler, Director of Greek Life may also be of assistance, Atherton 312 (317) 940-6590.
  • If you feel you need exam or classroom related accommodations such as extended time on exams etc., contact Student Disability Services in Jordan Hall 136 (317) 940-9308.

Other Helpful Links

Emergency procedures for those with mobility impairments

Student Disability Services

Butler Accessibility Campus Map