Health and Exercise Studies Substitution

The Health and Exercise Studies (HES) department independently offers Adapted HES (HESF 110) for students with documented medical restrictions who are unable to take other HES courses. This course is repeatable up to four semesters and can meet the GEP HES requirement without the need for DSO involvement. If a student is medically restricted from participating at all in HES exercise activity and therefore cannot take HESF 110, the student can pursue a HES substitution through the DSO. Medical restrictions may warrant substitutions for the GEP HES requirement, but waivers are not granted.

To receive a HES substitution, the student must qualify based on documentation on file in the DSO. If documentation indicates a disability or medical condition that prohibits participation in all HES exercise activities, the student will qualify. Reports that are most helpful in determining eligibility directly address the student’s inability to participate in HES exercise activities, explain how the disability or substantial medical condition prevents the student from participating, and recommend that a substitution is warranted.

If documentation on file has no mention of HES restrictions, the student must seek further evaluation/documentation from a qualified diagnostician if requesting a HES substitution. If the student does not seek further evaluation/documentation, the student will be required to meet the GEP HES requirement.

If a student qualifies for a HES substitution, the DSO access consultant will send an email to the Academic Dean of the student’s college and the HES Department Head. The HES Department Head will be available to meet with the student to determine the appropriate course substitution and to notify the Academic Dean of the course that has been selected and completed for the substitution.