For Hospitalized Students

Student Hospitalization Guide

If you are admitted to a hospital or were recently discharged, you may be concerned about your academics as well as your student experience at TC. There are resources available at Teachers College to assist you in navigating your individual situation as you focus on recovery.

We encourage you to reach out to your instructors and/or academic advisors to discuss your individual circumstances. If you would like assistance in navigating the situation, please contact the Office of Student Health and Wellness (SH&W) at studentwellness@tc.edu. SH&W is available to work with students to discuss available support resources, and help facilitate faculty communication.

If you require disability-related accommodations due to either a brief or chronic medical issue or illness are needed, students should reach out to the Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities (OASID) at oasid@tc.edu

FAQs:

What if I am hospitalized?

  • Am I required to inform the College of my hospitalization?
    • This is your private information and you may decide if you would like to share it with the College.
    • However, It is always a good idea, whenever possible, for you to contact your academic department or program directly to discuss your individual situation.
    • If you would like assistance in navigating your situation, contact the Office of Student Health and Wellness at studentwellness@tc.edu. SH&W is available to work with students to discuss available support resources, and help facilitate faculty communication.
  • Do I need to inform my instructors about my hospitalization?
    • You are not required to inform your instructors about your hospitalizations.
    • However, it is always a good idea, whenever possible, for a student to communicate with their academic area (instructors, academic advisor, etc.) directly to discuss how to make up work and/or a class (or classes) that was missed.
  • Will I be able to return to school after my hospitalization?
    • A hospitalization does not prevent students from remaining enrolled.
    • As you plan for your return to TC, you will want to consider how the time away from your classes will impact your ability to make up any work you have missed.
    • An extended amount of missed classes may cause a significant impact on your studies. Your academic advisor can assist you to determine what options are available as you navigate your academic circumstances.

  • What if I can’t manage my current classes and get healthy at the same time?
    • There are multiple options for navigating a medical situation while completing academic coursework.
      • Discuss with your instructor if flexible grading options may be available.
      • Connect with OASID at oasid@tc.edu to discuss whether you may be eligible for disability-related accommodations.
      • Students may consider a Medical Leave of Absence to get medical support and return to school when recovered.
      • Consult with your advisor to discuss how recovery is impacting each class and consider options such as withdrawal or dropping a class.
      • Financial aid, enrollment status and degree completion should also be considered when making decisions about each class.

 

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