It’s not unusual for students to encounter temporary
illnesses during their time at UNTHSC. Broken bones, the flu, colds, surgeries,
etc. all represent temporary conditions which may result in missed classes and
other academic difficulties. Such temporary conditions do not qualify for
protection under the American with Disabilities (ADA) Act so long as they do
not last more than 6 months. Nor does pregnancy qualify for ADA protection
provided it is of normal duration without severe complications.
Since there is no legal requirement for UNTHSC to
accommodate temporary illnesses, your academic departments may or may not allow
you to make up missed work due to temporary illnesses or provide other
adjustments. Contact your academic department to review their attendance policy
and view the general attendance policy at http://www.hsc.unt.edu/policies/PolicyStorePDF/Attendance%20Policy.pdf?v26.
If your illness does not improve after 6 months, you
should contact the UNTHSC Assistant Director, Disability Accommodations at
(817) 735-2134 or https://www.unthsc.edu/students/office-of-disability-accomodations/
to inquire about permanent accommodations.
The U.S. Department of Education and the Office of
Civil Rights recently released new Title
IX requirements regarding pregnant and parenting students in June 2013. Title IX provides that no person in the
United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be
denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education
program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. These requirements
· Schools must excuse student’s absences
because of pregnancy or childbirth for as long as the student’s doctor deems
the absences medically necessary.
· Absence policies in classes must
accommodate pregnancy or childbirth related absences and allow for make-up
work. “A teacher may not refuse to allow a student to submit work after a
deadline that she missed because of absences due to pregnancy or childbirth.
Additionally, if a teacher’s grading is based in part on class attendance or
participation, the student should be allowed to earn the credits she missed so
that she can be reinstated to the status she had before the leave.”
· “A school may offer the student
alternatives to making up missed work, such as retaking a semester, taking part
in an online course credit recovery program, or allowing the student additional
time in a program to continue at the same pace and finish at a later date,
especially after longer periods of leave. The student should be allowed to
choose how to make up the work.”
Please keep in mind that these are federal
requirements that the UNTHSC must abide by and will make every effort to
provide reasonable accommodations for these students.
Should you have questions, please feel free to
contact the Office of Student Affairs at (817) 735-2505 or CEEEAD 2nd
If you would like to read more about these
requirements and guidelines, please follow: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/pregnancy.pdf.
Michelle’s Law prohibits group plans from
terminating a college student’s health insurance coverage based on the student
taking a medically necessary leave of absence from school or changing to a
part-time status. Coverage is extended for at least one year.
The key requirements are:
· Must be medically necessary
· Must have written certification by the
physician recommending the leave or change in enrollment status
· Student must have been enrolled in the
group plan before the first day of leave