Student Accessibility Services
Student Accessibility Services Policy & Procedure Manual
Approved by: University Student Accessibility Services Committee (previously Disabilities and Accommodations Committee), July 2016
Reviewed: July 2017
Revised: October 4, 2018
Accessibility Services Introduction
The Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED or University) embraces diversity and recognizes the value that individuals with disabilities add to the student body and institution and has included disabilities specifically in its diversity statement. It is our experience that individuals with disabilities (as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act) have successfully completed the curriculums that are offered through the Colleges at NEOMED with the support of reasonable accommodations and are engaged actively in their careers as pharmacists, physicians and scientists.
It is the policy of NEOMED to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and any state and local requirements regarding persons with disabilities. Under these laws, no otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall be denied access to participation in services, programs or activities of the University solely by reason of his or her disability. The protections under Federal law apply to individuals with substantial impairments affecting one or more major life activity (e.g., walking, seeing, speaking, breathing, learning, working or performing manual tasks), those with records of such impairments, and those who are regarded as having such impairments.
As NEOMED is enriched by persons with disabilities in its student body and among the faculty and staff, it is important also to understand and support the needs and rights of these individuals. All students will be held to comparable performance standards and must be able to carry out the essential functions of their positions or programs with or without reasonable accommodation. Upon request of students with disabilities, the University will make efforts to provide reasonable accommodations; however, the University is unable to make accommodations that impose an undue burden, present a direct threat to the health or safety of others, or fundamentally alter the nature or its programs, services or activities.
The University strictly prohibits any form of retaliation against any student or applicant who requests an accommodation, reports or participates in the investigation of a complaint, or otherwise exercises rights secured by this policy.
Qualified students are encouraged to disclose known disabilities and to request accommodations as early as possible in order for the University to have adequate time to make reasonable accommodations. Students who do not disclose their disability and fail to request an accommodation until they have encountered academic difficulty may be jeopardizing their chances of successfully completing the program; accommodations will be considered and granted, as appropriate, on a prospective basis only. Students needing more information regarding the University Student Accessibility Services policy or procedures should contact the Assistant Director of the Learning Center and Accessibility.
To request disabilities accommodations, please complete and submit the Disability Registration and Accommodation Request Form available in the Office of Student Affairs or online.