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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 goal is to provide this opportunity in a setting that fosters independence and meets the guidelines of The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 (PL 101-336) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (PL 93-112). 

Reasonable accommodations are made on an individual basis. The assessment of what, if any, accommodations are appropriate for a student is made on a case-by-case basis, considering the student's disability, the impairment caused by such disability, and other circumstances specific to the student, the student's course of study, and the college setting. As a result, there is no specific set of accommodations automatically assigned to a particular condition or diagnosis. Two students with identical diagnoses may have very different strengths and challenges, and, therefore, they will need different accommodations.

All students requesting accommodations must be able to meet the physical and mental requirements of the program with or without accommodations. Upon enrollment, students self-certify that they are able to meet the physical and mental requirements of the program/course.

Definition of Disability

An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. The ADA does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered.

Requesting Accommodations

Students or applicants who wish to request accommodations must provide professional documentation of the disability as described in the Student Handbook, and must also meet with the designated individual in the Center for Student Success. Those who obtain accommodations will be provided with a form identifying the approved accommodations for the student. It is the student's responsibility to provide a copy of this form to each course faculty. The student must meet with the designated individual in the Center for Student Success at the beginning of each semester/course to discuss and review current accommodations and obtain a new form for the current semester/course. Other rules and requirements are listed in the Student Handbook. 

Any questions or concerns related to disabilities or accommodations should be directed to the Center for Student Success at