Medical Students Accessibility Services

Welcome to the page for accommodations – this page is overseen by the Office of Medical Students Accessibility Services run by the SASS Office. UCF COM is committed to, and embraces, diversity in all forms.  Students seeking accommodations or support services at UCF COM are required to register with Student Academic Support Services (SASS). Students are expected to be actively responsible for all aspects of their enrollment in registering for accommodations.

A person with a disability is someone who has a physical or mental impairment that limits substantially one or more major life activities, such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, learning, walking, seeing, hearing, breathing, and working; has a record of such an impairment; or is regarded as having such an impairment.

Although students with temporary illness or injury are not considered disabled by law, every reasonable effort to accommodate their needs will be exercised.

  • All requests for accommodation (e.g., use of a computer, extra time and/or separate room for exams, reduced caseload, access to note-takers, taped books, etc.) are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • This evaluation includes the review of clinical documentation and a determination of the reasonableness of the accommodation requests. (See the full policy (linked below) on UCF Medical Student Accommodation Documentation Guidelines)
  • Primary clinical documentation or other diagnostic information held by the Medical Student Accessibility Liaison (MSAL) [see Procedure for Review of Accommodation Requests, below] is kept confidential and is released to a third party only with the student’s written permission or under compulsion of legal process.

Please click below for the full policy on UCF medical students requesting accommodations

Policy on Accommodation

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

The University of Central Florida, College of Medicine (UCF COM) complies with federal and state law prohibiting discrimination against any applicant or enrolled student based on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual preference, age, disability, or other protected status.  In accordance with its obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 5.04 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, UCF COM does not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in admission or in access to programs and activities.

Pregnancy and Parenting

UCF is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment for pregnant and parenting faculty, staff and students. Individuals may request reasonable accommodations as a result of pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions. Reasonable accommodations vary based on the individual circumstances, but may include: academic accommodations and flexibility (such as breaks during class, excused absences, rescheduling of tests, extensions of deadlines, and alternatives to make up missed work); leaves of absences or changes in work schedules; changes to housing; or other types of accommodations.

Students who wish to discuss or request accommodations based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions, should fill out a Pregnancy Accommodation Request Form and return to oie@ucf.edu.

Employees who wish to discuss or request accommodations based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions, should contact the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, at oie@ucf.edu to schedule an appointment.

For additional information on pregnancy and parenting at UCF please visit the Office of Institutional Equity webpage.

Requesting Accommodations

If you are looking to submit a formal accommodation request with the SASS Office, please complete the form at the following link:

http://bit.ly/SASS_AccommodationRequest

The SASS team will review accommodation requests as they are submitted. The accommodation request process can take a minimum of 2  weeks. SASS understands situations can arise unexpectedly. When possible, requests for  accommodations outside of the classroom setting (i.e., clerkships, away rotations, etc.) need to be submitted a minimum of 8 weeks prior to the start date. 

 

Carley Myszkowski, Director, Medical Student Accessibility Liaison (MSAL)

Medical Education Building, COM 205

Email: Carley.Blades@ucf.edu

Fax: (407) 266-1395

Nicole Brooks, Assistant Director, Assistant Medical Student Accessibility Liaison

Medical Education Building, COM 205

Email: Nicole.Brooks@ucf.edu

Fax: (407) 266-1395