Disability Advocacy & Support
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM), is a college of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VT). VTCSOM and VT embrace 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 with 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 VT’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 VT’s SSD office to confidentially discuss your accommodation needs. The steps for registering with SSD may be found, along with more information, on the SSD website. Once the student is registered with SSD, an accommodation recommendation will be generated and Carrie Knopf, VTCSOM’s Disability Support Liaison, will work with course directors and facilities to ensure approved accommodations are implemented.
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 vigorously 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.
Disability support within VTCSOM
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.