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Americans with Disabilities Act

Sentara College of Health Sciences is committed to ensuring that all qualified individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to take part in the educational Programs and services offered on an equal basis. The aim is to provide this opportunity in a setting that fosters independence and meets the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (section 504).  The College provides a 504 Coordinator to facilitate student accommodations. 

Reasonable accommodations are made on an individual basis. Appropriate services may include: 1) support, counseling and information; 2) academic assistance services; and 3) referral services. However, it is the responsibility of the individual with a disability to make his/her needs known to the 504 Coordinator. It is the responsibility of the SCOHS personnel to comply with accommodation requests approved by the 504 Coordinator.

Definition of Disability

Applicants and students must have disabilities defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act as:

  • A person who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities.
  • A person who has a record of such impairment.
  • A person who is regarded as having such impairment.

Services for Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities must identify themselves and present professional documentation to the Student Services Department. Documentation should be recent, relevant, comprehensive, and where appropriate, should contain test scores and interpretation. If the original documentation is incomplete or inadequate to determine the extent of the disabilities or reasonable accommodations, the College has the discretion to require additional documentation. Costs incurred in obtaining documentation are borne by the student. Until appropriate documentation is provided, Services for Students with Disabilities cannot support the student’s request for services. Faculty members are unable to provide accommodations until the student presents accommodation letters from the Services for Students with Disabilities office.