Disability is defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as "… a physical or mental
impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities." Such impairments may
include physical, sensory, and cognitive or intellectual impairments. Mental disorders (also
known as psychiatric or psychosocial disability) and various types of chronic diseases may also
be considered disabilities. A disability may arise during a person's lifetime or may be present
Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar (WCM-Q) is dedicated to helping all students achieve their full
potential and succeed in the WCM-Q learning environment by providing equal educational
opportunities. In accordance with United States federal law, "no otherwise qualified individual
with a disability…shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the
participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any
The WCM-Q Division of Student Affairs coordinates student requests for reasonable accommodation and is committed to protecting the privacy of all students. The Division of
Student Affairs is also committed to collaborative dialogue with students throughout the entire
process of evaluation and implementation of approved accommodation.
Possible accommodations include, but are not limited to:
- additional time on quizzes and exams
- additional time on assignments
- quiet testing environment
- special access to campus and underground parking lot due to movement or sensory disability
- temporary accommodations due to injury/medical illness
- use of spelling and grammar assistive devices for essay exams
- use of a calculator for exams
- hearing or visual aids/interpretation
Making an Accommodation Request
- Students who would like to request an academic accommodation must begin the process by submitting a completed Accommodation Request Form and all supporting documents to email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- After submitting the appropriate paperwork, the student will meet with the director
of student affairs. The purpose of this meeting is to understand the challenges the
student has faced, to review the documentation the student has submitted, and to
discuss the desired accommodations.
- The Disability Services Committee will review the request and make a formal
determination of the need for accommodation.
- Accommodation requests will be reviewed within two weeks; however, there may be
delays before a final decision can be made (i.e. the need for additional information).
Once a request for accommodation has been approved:
- Notification of accommodation will be sent to the student.
- A student’s diagnosis(es) and/or disability will not be disclosed in the notification
of accommodation. Also, a student’s diagnosis(es) and/or disability will not be
disclosed without signed consent from the student.
- It is the student’s responsibility to meet with the individual faculty for the course
where accommodations are being sought to discuss the implementation of the
approved accommodation(s). In the case of centralized NBME exams during the
clerkship years, the student should meet with the director of educational
administration. Meetings with the appropriate faculty and/or staff must take place
at least seven business days in advance of needed accommodations.
- At least seven business days before any subsequent activity requiring
accommodation, the student should reconfirm arrangements for accommodation
with the appropriate faculty or staff.
- If any concerns or questions arise, the student should contact the director of student
affairs for assistance.
- A student must provide documentation of disability. Documentation must be sufficient
to establish that the
requested accommodation is appropriate for the student's
condition. If a student previously received accommodations from other academic
institutions or testing agencies, then the student should submit this information.
- Additional disability verification forms:
Verification of Disability ADHD
Verification of Disability LD
Verification of Disability Physical
Verification of Psychological Disability
- The completed WCM-Q verification of disability form and supporting documentation
from a licensed, credentialed examiner must include all of the following:
- Diagnostic statement identifying the disability (Note, a condition by itself may not automatically qualify as a disability)
- Description of the diagnostic methodology
- Description of the current functional limitation
- Description of the expected duration and progression of the condition
- Rationale and justification for all requested accommodation
- WCM-Q maintains the right not to accept documentation that does not meet the criteria
stated above and may seek a confidential third-party professional opinion regarding
documentation or implementation of requested accommodations.
- Documentation of disability accepted by WCM-Q is valid as long as a student is
continuously enrolled at the school. However, if there is a break in the student's
enrollment, the student may be required to present updated documentation to the
Disability Services Committee prior to receiving accommodation. Additional
documentation may be necessary to support requests for changes to existing
accommodations or to sup
port accommodations if the educational context has
- All documentation of disabilities is received and held solely by the director of student
affairs. Documentation of disability is treated as confidential information and is
protected as per FERPA guidelines. Documentation is destroyed six years after the last
semester the student is enrolled.