Duties of Students

Students are responsible for disclosing the presence of a disability and providing adequate disability documentation to the Student Disability Officer as well as requesting accommodations in a timely manner and abiding by the accommodation procedures for EVMS Student Disability Services.

Qualified Student with a Disability

Eastern Virginia Medical School recognizes its ethical and legal responsibility to provide equal opportunities for qualified students with disabilities and is committed to providing resources for such. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act require institutions to provide certain reasonable accommodations to qualified students, when necessary, to provide an equal learning opportunity. A “qualified student” is a person with or without a disability who meets the academic and technical standards requisite to admission or participation in the recipient’s education program or activity.

Academic and Technical Standards

All students must meet both academic and technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodations, in order to progress through EVMS and graduate. Academic standards refer to acceptable demonstrations of mastery in various disciplines, before matriculation and after, as judged by faculty members, examinations, and other measurements of performance. Technical standards refer to the essential aptitudes and abilities that allow students to perform in the vast array of requisite ways that are extremely important in the medical field.

All graduates of EVMS must have the knowledge, skills and other competencies to function in a variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care. Without the essential capacities, students cannot fulfill the requirements of all the courses at EVMS. All students with or without a disability must acknowledge and certify that he or she has read, understands and is able to meet the technical standards of the program in which he or she wishes to enroll. Meeting the EVMS technical standards for ones particular course is, therefore, required for 1) matriculation, 2) subsequent promotion from term to term, and 3) graduation from EVMS. Technical Standards can be found on the webpage of each degree program offered at EVMS.

Reasonable Accommodation

Reasonable accommodations are individually determined after a student requests accommodation and submits original 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. 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. Such accommodations, however, are not intended to 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 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. 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. It is necessary that the student understand their role and carry out their responsibilities in arranging reasonable accommodations during their course of study.  

Student Disability Complaint Procedure

Eastern Virginia Medical School is committed to resolving complaints of discrimination or barriers to persons with a documented disability at the earliest and most informal level. Discrimination can include, but is not limited to, failure to accommodate the student’s disability effectively, exclusion from an EVMS program or activity, and/or disability-related harassment.

Students who are currently receiving accommodations are urged to bring their concerns to the person responsible for the behavior or actions first, however if the issue is not resolved with the person addressed or if the student does not feel comfortable addressing the person(s) involved the student may submit an electronic Disability Compliant Form within 15 days of the incident.

Please refer to the detailed complaint procedure in the EVMS Student Disability Guide.