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Disabled Students / Applicants

  1. Introduction.

    A student, who has a disability, as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, does not mean the student is not qualified to study and practice medicine in the BUPAP. To be qualified for the study of medicine in the BUPAP, students must be able to meet the academic, technical and professional standards, with or without a reasonable accommodation.

  2. Process for Assessing Disabilities and Reasonable Accommodations.

    1. No inquiry will be made on the application forms concerning a disability. BUPAP policies regarding technical abilities and skills necessary to meet the competency requirements are published and available on the BUPAP website and referenced in its literature, and included with the letter of admission. Students and candidates are encouraged to review the competency requirements.
    2. Students accepted for admission to BUPAP who believe they require a reasonable accommodation for any medical condition must contact Barry University's Office of Disability Services ("ODS") so that ODS can determine if the medical condition is a disability as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Part of ODS' review of whether or not a student has a disability includes a requirement that the student submit supporting documentation regarding the disability from a qualified health professional. The health professional must also provide an opinion on the student's ability to meet the BUPAP Standards with or without reasonable accommodations. It is the responsibility of the student to provide a complete set of the BUPAP Standards to the qualified health care provider before the opinion is rendered.
    3. A reasonable accommodation is viewed as a means of assisting disabled students with meeting essential standards by providing them with an equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of each course or clinical experience (a reasonable accommodation does not, however, guarantee that students will be successful in meeting the requirements of the course or clinical activity).
    4. Whether or not an accommodation is reasonable will be determined on an individual basis. Determining what is a reasonable accommodation is an interactive process between the disabled student, ODS, and Graduate Medical Services ("GMS"). ODS will discuss the reasonableness of the accommodation with GMS (which is typically the Vice-President of Medical Affairs or his/her agent) in light of cost to Barry University and the Standards described herein. Any disagreements between ODS and GMS regarding whether an accommodation is reasonable under current federal and/or state law should be addressed with Barry University's Office of Legal Affairs.
    5. All students accepted into the BUPAP must sign a statement that they have read, understand and are able to meet the BUPAP Standards, with or without reasonable accommodations. The Standards apply to all phases of the BUPAP, including admissions, matriculation and graduation.
    6. Although a disability may ultimately prevent some candidates or students from meeting the BUPAP Standards, the BUPAP is committed to providing any and all reasonable accommodations that will assist disabled students in entering and successfully completing the BUPAP.

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