Suggestions on how to tell professors?


So, I am a junior in college...and the only reason that I told one of my professors that I was diabetic was because I was really, really low and had to...

I was wondering how I should go about telling my other professors? Since I will have most of them for the next two years of my college career.

Thank you!

After the first class, just let the professor know you're diabetic and may need to eat or check your blood sugar during class but will make sure it's not distracting.

As an undergrad or even now that I'm back in school, I never told my professors I was diabetic.  But it's smart to do so.  

I usually tell my class friends/lab partners that I'm diabetic and they should give me sugar if I act weird.    And before tests I try to have a slightly higher blood sugar, since the brain strain drops blood sugar pretty fast.  

Im a jr. To, I make sure to bring in a tasty snack before the first of every class, after they give their no food policy, I, after class of course, tell the professor in as kind a way as can be done, that his policy will have to observe my desire to remain alive in his/her class policy. :slight_smile: when you can squeez a joke in there and let them know that you’re capable of controlling yourself, they seem to respond well. :slight_smile: I mean, what are they gonna say? -light and love, and good luck to!

I really recommend registering with the office of disability. At first I didn't want to because I didn't want to receive any "special treatment" and because I don't think of myself as being disabled, but my doctor's suggested it and I am really glad I did. They basically gave me a letter that had a list of all my accomodations (such as being able to eat/drink in class and extra time on exams if i needed to treat a low or something...) and I just handed a copy to each of my professors at the beginning of each semester. That way if you feel uncomfortable you don't have to explain anything and if the professor tries to tell you that you can't drink juice in class, you'll be able to back it up with the Office of Disability. Usually this doesn't ever happen though! In my experience I've just given the letter to my professors and mentioned that I had diabetes and they have been more than supportive! It's also a nice way to go and start a conversation with your professor so that you can introduce yourself and so that they remember your face.

I agree-- definitely register with disability. In my experience, I've only told my professors in a small class setting (where he or she would notice if I was fiddling with my pump or beeping) or if I had to miss a test in a larger lecture. So far, they seem to take it as seriously as I present it, and it hasn't been a problem :)

Register with disability services!! Don't just tell your professors. Their word is not enough. Trust me. I know from personal experience. All diabetics reading this: make sure the law is on YOUR side! If there is a little paperwork you need to fill out in order to make sure you receive the care you need, FILL IT OUT!

I would definitely suggest registering with the office of disability. I just graduated from college this year and I registered since my freshman year. By the time I got to senior year, I never needed the form because I had the same professors and they all knew I had diabetes. Practically all my classes were in computer labs with signs saying no food and/or drink, but if I needed it, they knew and never asked. It worked out really well.

I attended 2 years for my associates degree, and never felt i needed to tell my professors. When I went back for my bachelors degree, I felt it was somewhat of a must. My biggest issue was that my insulin pump would go off in the middle of my night classes, and everyone always thought it was a cell phone. One teacher even called me out on it, and I had to explain to him (and the class!!!) that I was a diabetic, my insulin pump needed to be changed, and that was the reason for it. He never asked again, and I tried to work my site changes around that particular class.

Another one of my teachers was a type 1 herself.... and I would see her looking at her CGM and grabbing juice boxes in the middle of class. If I had to run out to fix a low, or to bolus a lil bit -- she COMPLETELY understood. She just asked that I kept it to the break(s) if possible.