Temporary Injury or Illness
Q: If I get sick or am injured, but it’s temporary, can I get accommodations under the under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?
A: Temporary illness or injury are not covered under the ADA, however the University of Denver is committed to supporting the needs of students with temporary disabling conditions. Medical documentation may be required.
Q: What accommodations can I get if I’ve broken my leg or writing hand?
A: If academic accommodations are needed, students should contact the Disability Services Program (DSP) by calling 303-871-2278 / 7432 / 2455. While arranged case-by-case, here are some examples of accommodations:
- Extra time and/or scribes for tests in DSP testing center.
- Relocation of classrooms or on campus housing.
- Note takers in class.
Q: Can I be excused from classes?
A: No, prolonged absences from classes are not considered to be appropriate since attendance is an integral part of DU classes. You should contact your instructors about any missed work. If you are unable to attend classes then you may want to consider a "medical stop out". Contact DSP for more information.
Q: I need help getting to and from classes and I can’t type my papers – will DU provide me with a personal assistant?
A: No, DU does not provide personal care, assistance with out of class assignments/activities, and transportation to and from classes for any students, except through the DU Shuttle van service.
- The DU Shuttle is a transportation service provided to the University community. The shuttle runs on an established route that makes a figure-8 around the DU campus with approximately 15 minute times between vans.
- The DU Shuttle operates between the hours of 7:30 AM and 2:30 AM.
- The Shuttle operates one wheel chair accessible van by request. Call 303-871-3842 or 303-871-3210 to arrange a pickup.
- Taxi companies in Metro area:
- Metro Taxi 303-333-3333
- Yellow Cab 303-777-7777
- Zone Cab 303-444-8888
Q: I need accessible/handicap parking – how do I arrange this?
A: If a student requires the use of "accessible/handicap" parking, a 90 day permit is available through the State of Colorado at no charge.
- Colorado Applications for Persons with Disabilities Parking Privileges are online at http://www.revenue.state.co.us/mv_dir/wrap.asp?incl=registrations/plateindex.
- Go to "Select plate application to download" and scroll to Parking Privileges for the Disabled.
- The application must be signed by a physician and either mailed or taken to a Colorado Motor Vehicle Office.
- The DU Office of Parking Services will provide an interim handicap permit for a period of 2 weeks while the state application is being processed.
- www.du.edu/parking; 303-871-3210.
Q: Where I can get immediate medical care?
A: Students who need medical care and/or follow-up for their condition can contact the DU Health Center to schedule an appointment with a health care provider. The Health Center also has information on other health care and home care resources in the area. The Health Center is located on the third floor of the Ritchie Center (north side); the phone number is 303-871-2205.