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.
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.
can I request assistance for a temporary
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
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.
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
- 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)
- 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)
- 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
Student Disability Services
Butler Accessibility Campus