b'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 students academic life. Even a common intestinal bug or seasonal flu can zap a students 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 aGeneral Concerns139'