I suffer from a condition called Irritable Bowel Syndrome (which has been confirmed by my several drs as causing significant pain and need to use the restroom)
I am starting IUPUI in the Fall. I am a good student and in the past I have been able to hold a job without any significant loss in my ability to perform (except when my IBS flares).
My question is: should I bring my condition to the attention of the campus' adaptive services (disability) office, so that in case some problem arises because of my condition (such as increased need to leave class to use the restroom) (possible disability discrimination)? I certainly don't WANT to have to leave class if I don't have to, because that would affect my studies, but should I tell them just in case?
It is hard to imagine a circumstance in which there could be a bad consequence from making a notification, but it is equally predictable that you can make a report when (if) the problem initially presents itself on campus and you need some accommodation.
I think you will find that the school will work constructively with you to the extent that your situation requires accommodation. The staff in disability services at colleges and universities are typically very skilled and dedicated to student success.
Good luck to you.
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The below is from IUPUI's College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin 2012-2013 - I belive the other Colleges have a similar policy.
Students with Disabilities
Students with a learning disability, hearing impairment, speech impairment, or any other disability that may affect their ability to fulfill a requirement of the College should contact the Office of Disability Services for Students, Franklin Hall 006, (812) 855-7578, prior to registering. Requirements will not be waived for students with disabilities; however, some modifications may be made within specific courses. Students seeking such modifications should do so early in their academic career to ensure timely progress to degree completion.
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