Student Disability Guide

Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) is committed to ensuring that qualified students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in EVMS education programs and activities.  In accordance with American with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, EVMS provides reasonable accommodations in accordance with the procedures outlined in the Student Disability Guide (July 2015)

Defining Disability

A disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life such as walking, seeing, hearing, learning or working. A disability is generally a permanent condition, however there may be time when an impairment of less than one year may be a disability.

Academic and Technical Standards

All students must be otherwise qualified to participate in their educational program at EVMS. This means that students must be able to meet both the academic and technical standards of their program to: 1) matriculate, 2) be promoted from term to term, and 3) graduate from EVMS. Academic standards are the acceptable demonstrations of mastery in various disciplines, before matriculation and after, as judged by faculty members, examinations, and other performance measures. Technical standards are the non-academic essential aptitudes and abilities that students must demonstrate in order to perform the vast array of core competencies that are required in order to work in the healthcare field and/or a laboratory setting. Technical Standards can be found in Appendix A - Technical Standards and/or on the EVMS program website.


Accommodations are individually determined after a student requests same and submits the appropriate documentation to support the accommodation request. The accommodations are intended to provide a student with an equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of each course/activity and most be reasonable. In addition, accommodations cannot waive the essential requirements of a program or its technical standards and do not guarantee success. Matriculation into an EVMS program assumes a certain level of cognitive and technical skill. Students with disabilities will be held to the same fundamental standards as their non-disabled peers. Although not all students should be expected to gain the same level of all technical skills, mastery of some skills is so essential that it must be achieved. Thus, reasonable accommodations will be provided to assist in learning, performing and satisfying the fundamental standards where it does not compromise EVMS programs or interfere with the rights of other students and/or patients. Qualified students with documented disabilities will be provided with reasonable accommodations at EVMS and those accommodations may sometimes involve an intermediary or an auxiliary aid. However, no disability can be reasonably accommodated at EVMS with an auxiliary aid or intermediary that provides cognitive support or medical knowledge, substitutes for essential clinical skills, or supplements clinical and ethical judgment. In other words, accommodations cannot eliminate essential program elements. To ensure the recommended accommodations are provided, it is necessary that the student understand his/her role and carry out his/her responsibilities in arranging reasonable accommodations during his/her course of study.

Duties of Students

Students are responsible for disclosing the presence of a disability, providing adequate disability documentation, requesting accommodations in a timely manner and abiding by the accommodation procedures.

‌More Information

For more information, visit the Student Disability Services Page on myPortal.