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General Concerns
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arrive at college with an existing history of health problems
that may follow them throughout their time on campus.
Others will develop significant illnesses or conditions while
there. These health issues may be chronic, acute, or
recurring; and individuals’ responses may vary tremendously.
What may be a completely manageable situation for one
student may pose significant challenge or chaos for another.
Regardless of the nature of the illness or condition, it may
disrupt the student’s academic life. Even a common
intestinal bug or seasonal flu can zap a student’s energy for a
week or more. Other conditions, such as diabetes, migraines,
mononucleosis, pregnancy, or an eating disorder, may
require a much longer adjustment, support, or
accommodation.
Faculty members and advisors will vary in their approach to
talking with students about physical or mental health
concerns, just as students will vary in their degree of
openness about their health. It is important for all to
understand that the student has a right to keep health
information confidential and should never be asked to
provide specific diagnostic or treatment information, or a
medical excuse from a health care provider (see previous
section: “Medical/ Health Excuses”).
Missing classes, exams, and deadlines, while sometimes a
symptom of poor prioritization or organization, also can be a
sign of a serious health-related problem. Some faculty
members understandably want someone else to distinguish a