Michigan State University provides services and accommodations to persons with temporary conditions or injuries for both academic and workplace settings. On a campus of nearly 50,000 people, temporary injuries happen everyday, and both professors and supervisors are willing to provide accommodations during the time of injury. However, if the injury or condition is significant, the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities is here to help foster independence through a variety of strategies and resources for success.

Students who experience a temporary condition or injury (i.e. a broken leg, a sprained wrist, knee surgery or a short term recovery from surgery) may register with the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities. RCPD encourages students to communicate with professors prior to the time an accommodation is needed.

Temporary Mobility Resources

Please see RCPD's Accessibility at MSU page for information about architectural accessibility, mobility aids/equipment, and more.

Temporary Arm & Wrist Injuries

Students who have difficulty writing may find the suggestions below helpful. There are also additional resources found on the Assistive Technology page.

Class Notes

  • Borrow notes from a classmate or use carbonless duplicating paper.
  • Photocopiers are available in some classroom buildings, residence halls, and the MSU Library
  • Use a laptop computer to type notes (if typing is an option).
  • Use a tape/digital recorder with the instructor’s permission.
  • Access the course materials and notes on the classroom management systems.

Course Exams & Quizzes

  • If taking a multiple choice exam or quiz, talk with your professor regarding circling responses on the exam and then having the professor or TA transfer the responses to the scantron sheet.​
  • If taking an essay exam, request to type the exam, record responses using a tape/digital recorder, taking an alternative format of the exam, or delaying the exam until writing is possible.
  • If you are not able to write for exams in class or work out an alternate solution with your professor, contact RCPD through MyProfile or by calling (517) 884-1900.

The Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities requires medical documentation of the condition (letter from physician or medical documents showing the nature and extent of the injury) and participation in a needs assessment with an RCPD staff member to receive assistance with course exams.

If I Cannot Complete My Coursework...

If a student cannot complete their semester coursework due to a medical condition there are an array of options that may be discussed with an academic advisor within a students' college or specified field. In addition, students may request a withdrawal for medical reasons and/or a refund by following the procedures as posted by the Office of the Registrar

Getting Help from RCPD

RCPD provides services and accommodations to persons with disabilities for both academic and workplace settings. Before receiving accommodations, students and employees must Identify and Register as a person with a temporary disability/condition and provide appropriate documentation to RCPD.

Step 1: Self-Identify

To get started in the process of registering with RCPD, start by self-identifying as a person with a disability. Use your MSU NetID and password to log into the MyProfile system to create a profile and initiate contact with RCPD. This process will then assign you to an Ability Access Specialist.

Step 2: Medical/Disability Documentation

Your assigned Ability Access Specialist will request for you to submit medical documentation of your temporary medical condition/disability. The documentation is necessary to verify the presence and severity of your condition. Documentation can be a letter from a physician or medical documents showing the nature and extent of the medical condition/injury.

Step 3: Needs Assessment

Once your Ability Access Specialist has received sufficient medical/disability documentation, they will reach out to arrange a Needs Assessment meeting. During this meeting reasonable accommodations are discussed and determined.


The MSU Disability and Reasonable Accommodation Policy provides additional guidance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will RCPD inform my professors about my accommodations?

Once registered with the RCPD, the student receives an accommodation letter, called a VISA. Students are responsible for presenting this VISA to each professor at the start of the semester during office hours. It is important to go over the VISA to coordinate accommodations.

What accommodations will I receive for my disability?

Each person and setting is unique and needs will vary. Accommodations are determined during a confidential needs assessment with an Ability Access Specialist.

How does MSU facilitate note taking services?

Students work with their Ability Access Specialist to identify an individualized solution. Solutions often include: technology assisting independent note taking, shared notes with a peer, or other approaches. Visit the Accessing Note Taking Assistance page for a generalized overview of possibilities.

What is the procedure for ice and snow removal on campus?

The MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities Department (IPF) is responsible for snow and ice control in support of the University's daily operations. 

If students or employees encounter areas where snow removal has not been sufficient please report the area by calling or texting IPF at (517) 353-1760. For more information, visit RCPD's Snow Removal page

What kind of transportation is available on and off campus?

The Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) provides fixed route services on and off campus, covering all of Ingham County. MSU provides complimentary bus services for on-campus routes.

CATA buses are equipped with ramps or lifts, and run every 7 to 35 minutes depending on the route. CATA also provides a curb-to-curb, advanced reservation (1 day prior) transit service for persons with disabilities, called Spec-Tran. For more information about CATA, visit their website at www.cata.org.

For more information about campus accessible parking and transportation, see RCPD's page. 

I'm having trouble in my class, where can I find tutoring?

First, talk to your professor during office hours for ideas on how to succeed in the class. The Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative (NSSC) also offers a variety of resources and supports. 

What if I disagree with the disability determination or level of accommodation I receive?

RCPD Specialists are committed to an active partnership with students and employees who make reasonable accommodation requests through our office. In the case you experience a disagreement regarding disability determination or appropriateness of accommodations, you may consider taking the steps outlined in our dispute resolution process.