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Disability Advocacy & Support

VTCSOM embraces diversity and inclusion, including equal opportunity in education for individuals with disabilities, and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

VTCSOM is committed to providing all accepted and current students opportunities to take full advantage of our educational, academic, and community programs. We recognize that students with documented disabilities may need accommodations to fully participate and encourage students to disclose with Virginia Tech’s Services to Students with Disabilities (SSD).

SSD is responsible for ensuring that all qualified applicants and current students with disabilities receive the accommodations they need. They can also provide guidance on numerous accommodations, answer questions about using accommodations to meet the technical standards, and assist students with short-term medical illness or temporary disability (less than 6 months).

Students wanting to request accommodations, should contact Virginia Tech’s SSD office to confidentially discuss their accommodation needs. Students can begin the registration process and submit their documentation online on the SSD website. Once a student is registered with SSD, an accommodation recommendation will be generated. To ensure approved accommodations are implemented, Carrie Knopf, VTCSOM’s Disability Support Liaison, will work with collaboratively and iteratively with the student as well as relevent administrators and faculty.   

Given the clinical nature of our programs, time may be needed to create and implement the accommodations. Accommodations are never retroactive; therefore, timely requests are essential and encouraged.

We look forward to working with students seeking accommodations and we are eager to ensure that any approved accommodations are efficiently and effectively implemented such that all learners have full access to our facilities and curriculum. Students should not hesitate to reach out if they have any questions or need assistance completing this process.

Nondiscrimination Policy

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine admits students of any age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, color, national origin, religion or handicap to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is committed to uphold the rights of all students, faculty, staff, and administrators in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Virginia Tech’s Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement


Disability Advocacy & Student Support
Carrie Knopf, MA
1 Riverside, M106

Services for Students with Disabilities

Disability Assessment and Accommodation Policy