Procedure for Receiving Accommodations
A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a course, program, service, job, activity or facility that makes it possible for a qualified individual with a disability to enjoy equitable access. Accommodations help remove barriers that prevent student learners from displaying their knowledge or ability.
A request for accommodation is deemed reasonable if it:
- Is based on current individual documentation (within the last three years)
- Allows the most integrated experience possible
- Does not compromise essential requirements of a course or program
- Does not pose a threat to personal or public safety
- Does not impose undue financial or administrative burden to the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
- Is not of a personal nature (e.g., hiring of personal care attendants) Reasonable Accommodations do not:
- Fundamentally alter a course or program;
- Compromise essential requirements of a course, program, job, activity, or facility;
- Cause undue hardship on the program or other learners; or
- Compromise the safety of the learner or others;
For students with documented learning issues or physical disabilities, accommodations are available once the Procedure for Receiving Accommodations has been completed. Possible accommodations and services include, but are not limited to:
- Acquiring or modifying equipment or devices
- Modifying training materials
- Examination modifications as necessary (such as additional test time)
- Text books in alternate format (e.g. book scanning or E-books)
- Making facilities readily accessible
- Modifying work schedules
- Access to tutors
- Referral to off-campus testing services for diagnosis
- Referral to learning support and on campus counseling support services
It is not necessary for a student to disclose his or her disability when making application to the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. Students may elect to contact Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) for formal identification at any time during their enrollment.
The point in time at which a student chooses to identify a disability remains at the student’s discretion, however the Procedure for Receiving Accommodations may take four to six weeks so students are encouraged to disclose and initiate the process as early as possible.
VTCSOM is not responsible for making retroactive accommodations, or paying for current (within last 3 years) evaluation and appropriate documentation of the disability from a medical or other licensed professional qualified to diagnose the disabling condition.