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Disability Services provided by the CMSRU Office of Student Affairs

In keeping with its goal to promote diversity among its student population, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) is committed to attracting and educating students with disabilities, ensuring equal access to its facilities, programs and services are made available to students with disabilities.

To be eligible for accommodations, a student must have a documented disability as defined by the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to an instructional activity, facility, program or service that enables a qualified student with a disability to have an equal opportunity. Both the ADA and Section 504 define disability as: a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual; a record of such impairment; or being regarded as having such a condition. In order to respect your privacy and ensure a thoughtful interactive process, please contact the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) at studentaffairs@coopermed.rowan.edu.

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Requesting Accommodations at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

Office of Student Affairs (OSA)

Students are encouraged to apply for accommodations upon acceptance into the medical education program as to begin this process early, however, applications for accommodations may be submitted at any time. All requests are reviewed and determined in a timely manner. Below is the step-by-step process for requesting accommodations. Remember, your inquiry is confidential, and students are welcome to obtain general information about disability services and accessibility without registering.

  1. Complete and submit the Disabilities Resources Registration electronic request form to the Office of Student Affairs (OSA).
  2. Provide documentation of a disability. Please follow guidelines outlined in the Verification of Medical Documentation for Disability Services section.
  3. Discuss with the OSA, your need for services and/or barriers you anticipate experiencing.
  4. Through an interactive process, the OSA will work with you to do the following:
    1. Determine if you meet the criteria for disability.
    2. Discuss potential accommodations to address any barriers to the curriculum or clinic.
    3. Ensure that any requested accommodations are reasonable and that they do not alter an essential feature of the curriculum or technical standards of your program.
  5. When a request is approved, you will be provided with a copy of your eligibility for services and approved accommodations.
  6. Accommodations are valid for the duration of the student’s program, unless otherwise stated on their accommodation letter.
  7. Students’ request for accommodations that are not granted may follow the Disability Grievance and Appeals policy.

The OSA reviews each case, taking into account each student’s self-report of disability, functional limitation, and known or anticipated barriers. In addition, the OSA will review the documentation and, if needed, consult with expert clinicians and program directors to determine if requests challenge technical or program standards.

The OSA is available to assist the student and faculty with the implementation of the accommodation, if needed. Should difficulties arise in the administration of any accommodation, the student should reach out to the OSA immediately.

Students can request a re-evaluation of their accommodations or request new accommodations at any time during the year. For new requests, additional documentation may be deemed as necessary. As with initial accommodation requests, new accommodation requests will be evaluated using the same process.

Please direct all questions to the following:

Marion J. Lombardi, EdD
Chief Student Affairs Officer
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
401 S. Broadway, Camden, New Jersey 08103
Office-856-361-2805
Fax-856-361-2828
lombardim@rowan.edu

Marion J. Lombardi, EdD, has received her professional development certification from the Association on Higher Education Disability (AHEAD) for completing Master Classes on Advanced Practices for Disability Services in Health Sciences Programs.

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Request for Accommodation

To request accommodations at CMSRU, students are required to complete the respective forms and submit documentation of a disability. Please note that the review of your request for accommodations will begin when the Office of Student Affairs has received both your disability supporting documentation and your request forms. During the review process, you will be contacted to schedule a meeting. During the initial meeting, we will discuss your disability-related needs and work collaboratively to determine your eligibility for reasonable accommodations. Cooper Medical School of Rowan University welcomes the opportunity to meet with students to discuss potential accommodations or the requirements of the medical education program at any time. During the application process, if you have any questions regarding the status of your request do not hesitate to contact OSA.

Request for Accommodation Forms can be found by clicking HERE.

Please submit this completed request for accommodation form (s) in person, by mail or electronically. Supporting disability documentation may be turned in via mail, in person, or electronically.

Marion J. Lombardi, EdD
Chief Student Affairs Officer
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
401 S. Broadway, Camden, New Jersey 08103
Office-856-361-2805
Fax-856-361-2828
lombardim@rowan.edu

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Requirements for Disability Documentation

Students requesting accommodations at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University must submit documentation of their disability. Eligibility for services and reasonable accommodations are determined with regard to disability documentation, student report of how their condition impacts them, perceived need for accommodations, history of accommodations, (if any) and program requirements, including technical standards.

Lack of accommodations history should not prevent a student from making a request for accommodations

The guidelines below are divided into different categories: Learning Disabilities, Psychological Disabilities, and Other Disabilities (Physical, Chronic, etc.), and Short Term/Temporary Disabilities. Please adhere to the requirements listed below, the Office of Student Affairs may request additional documentation to support an accommodation request if needed.

The following information must be present on all submitted documentation provided to the Office of Student Affairs.

Student information

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Phone number
  • Address
  • Banner ID

Certifying health professional information

  • Name
  • Professional title
  • Address
  • Licensing credential, number and state

Supporting documentation should include date of assessment, date of letter, and should be included on professional letterhead. The supporting documentation must include the following information:

  • First and latest date of contact
  • Diagnosis(es)
  • Does this condition(s) listed in your report substantially limit a major life activity and thereby, rise to the level of a disability?
  • Brief history (including onset of symptoms, progression to date and any previous accommodations received)
  • Functional limitations (describe degree and basis for the impairment (e.g. mild, moderate, severe)
  • Suggested accommodation(s) in professional college (provide brief rationale for each suggestions)
  • Course of the condition(s)
    (e.g. Permanent and relatively stable, Permanent and variable, Permanent and Progressive, Temporary)

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Documentation requirements for a learning disability

I. A qualified professional must conduct the evaluation:

  • Name, title, professional credentials, licensure/certification information and location of practice must be included on any reports submitted.
  • Evaluators must have professional training in, and experience with, evaluating learning disabilities in adolescents and/or adults.
  • Evaluations performed by members of the student’s family are not acceptable. All reports must be on letterhead.

II. Documentation must be current:

  • Reports should reflect the current functional limitations of the student.
  • In general, evaluations conducted in the last five years will be considered timely; however, older documentation may suffice if diagnosis and impact are consistent. *Please note many testing agencies will not accept documentation more than five years old.
  • Documentation should describe the current impact of the diagnosed condition in the academic and clinical domains. If able, the evaluator should make recommendations appropriate to a professional health science program setting.

III. Documentation must be comprehensive:

  • Reports should include a full history of the student (medical, developmental, academic, familial) and indicate any evidence of early impairment, even if not formally diagnosed in childhood or early adolescence.
  • Reports should indicate evidence of current impairment, including the results of a diagnostic interview and a battery of psychoeducational tests designed to identify learning disabilities.

IV. Minimally, documented evaluation must include the following:

  • Assessment of cognitive ability/intellectual functioning.
  • Measurement of academic achievement.
  • Instruments that measure various domains of information processing.
  • Other instruments to help confirm or rule out the diagnosis of learning disability.
  • A specific diagnosis must be included if indicated.
  • All test scores should be included, along with an interpretation of each and a summary. Documentation should rule out alternative explanations for learning problems (i.e. difficulties that are motivational, emotional, attentional, or related to limited fluency in the English language).
  • Documentation should address any coexisting disorders or suspected coexisting disorders.
  • Documentation must indicate whether or not the evaluator believes the diagnosed condition rises to the level of a disability as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act. A clear indication of the student’s functional limitations must be included.
  • Documentation should tie recommendations for accommodation directly to the designated functional limitations. A rationale, explaining why each recommendation for accommodation is appropriate, should be given.
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Documentation requirements for psychological disabilities

I. A qualified professional must conduct the evaluation:

  • Name, title, professional credentials, licensure/certification information, and location of practice must be included on any reports submitted.
  • Evaluator must have training in, and experience with, the differential diagnosis of psychiatric disorders in adolescents and/or adults.
  • All reports must be signed by the evaluator and should be typed on letterhead.

II. Documentation must be current:

  • Reports are to be based on evaluations performed within six months.
  • If a report is older than six months, and the student has remained in clinical contact with his or her evaluator, that professional may supplement the original report with a letter (on letterhead) describing any and all changes since the previous report.
  • Documentation, including any supplements, should describe the current impact of the diagnosed condition(s).
  • Documentation should describe any currently mitigating factors, such as medication or other treatment that further impact the students functioning, contributing to functional limitation (i.e., cognitive fogging or slowing due to side effects of medication).
  • Documentation should make recommendations appropriate to a professional school environment.

III. Documentation must be comprehensive:

  • Reports should include a brief history of the student’s disorder. A specific diagnosis, or more than one, must be included.
  • Reports must indicate that DSM-V criteria have been met for each condition. Other potential diagnoses must be ruled out in the report.
  • Documentation must indicate whether or not the evaluator believes the diagnosed condition(s) rise(s) to the level of a disability as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • There must be a clear indication of the individual student’s functional limitations, in a professional school environment and across other domains.
  • Documentation should include recommendations for accommodations that are directly related to the functional initiations.
  • A rationale, explaining why each recommendation for accommodation is appropriate, is to be given.
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Documentation requirements for other disabilities

I. A qualified professional must conduct the evaluation:

  • Name, title, professional credentials, licensure/certification information and location of practice must be included on any reports submitted.
  • Evaluators must have professional training in, and experience with evaluating the diagnosis of like or similar conditions in adults.
  • Evaluations performed by members of the student’s family are not acceptable.
  • All reports must be signed by the primary evaluator and on letterhead. .

II. Documentation must be current:

  • Reports should be based on evaluations performed within a reasonable time frame, depending on the degree of change associated with the diagnosed condition(s).
  • Generally a reasonable time frame is not more than five years, but it may be much shorter in many instances.

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Short term/temporary accommodations

There may be the occasion when a student sustains a serious, but time-limited, injury or illness that limits the student’s ability to perform in the academic or clinical areas. It is the responsibility of the student to engage the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), in collaboration with respective faculty and staff, to develop a short-term accommodation plan for all educational settings, including the classroom, lab, and clinical environment, where academic performance may be affected. These time-limited accommodations are created through an interactive process that includes the student, the OSA, the appropriate faculty and staff, and supporting documentation from the student’s health care provider, in order to facilitate the student meeting course objectives and/or clinical requirements.

Students seeking short-term/temporary accommodations will:

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Disability Resources

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