Restrictive Health Policy

The College desires to safeguard the health and well-being of Kettering College students in clinical and dormitory settings and those patients with whom they have contact while in the clinical setting. For this reason, the student is responsible for reporting to the program coordinator, faculty and director of Residence Hall (if a resident) any restrictive health condition as soon as it is known.

Restrictive health conditions are any prolonged health condition lasting longer than one week that may temporarily limit full participation in required educational experiences or that may threaten a student’s life.

Restrictive health conditions of physical origin may include back injuries, fractures, pregnancy, immuno-compromised status, surgery, etc. Other restrictive health conditions involving mental and emotional conditions are of particular concern because of their potential for life-threatening situations. These conditions include but are not limited to suicide attempts, severe depression, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and psychotic behavior. If a staff or faculty member becomes aware of a life-threatening situation involving a student, the student’s right to confidentiality is suspended in order to obtain necessary assistance for the student. Life-threatening situations involving students under the age of 18 are cause for immediate notification of the student’s parents/guardians by the College.

Once a restrictive health condition is reported, the program coordinator, faculty, or director of Residence Hall may request the student obtain a written recommendation from a physician. Continued participation in the clinical/laboratory experience or in residence life will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Factors considered in making this decision include the following:

  1. Student’s condition;
  2. Recommendations from the student’s physician;
  3. Attendance and performance expectations within the course as outlined in departmental policies and course syllabi;
  4. Opportunities for make-up work once the restrictive health problem is resolved;
  5. For Residence Hall students, available housing accommodations as these relate to the students’ physical and emotional condition.

The division director, program chair, or director of Residence Hall will be responsible for deciding whether to request that the student withdraw from a course, a program, or the Residence Hall due to a restrictive health condition. These individuals may consult with the student, the instructor, the student’s physician, and the Dean for Academic Affairs or the Dean for Assessment and Learning Support in order to acquire the necessary information to make this decision in the best interest of the student and the College.

Failure to report a restrictive health condition to the program coordinator, faculty (or to the Residence Hall Dean if appropriate), and/or failure to comply with the restrictive health procedure (see below) may result in immediate suspension from course activities and/or dismissal from the dormitory.

*For the purpose of definition, individuals with restrictive health conditions are not necessarily considered to be “disabled,” in that the impairments are not considered to be substantial limitations in major life activities.