Disability Accommodation

Tufts University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities in a fair and equitable manner under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and in accordance with applicable federal and state law. We also provide assistance to students coping with serious chronic or temporary medical and mental health conditions.

The Student Affairs Office coordinates accommodations for students at the School of Dental Medicine and will work to ensure that equal access to facilities, programs and services are available to students with disabilities, and will provide appropriate academic accommodations unless doing so would compromise the health and safety of members of the University community, fundamentally alter the nature of the University’s academic program, create an undue hardship, or violate the Dental School’s Minimum Technical Standards in the Student Handbook.

What Type of Documentation Do Students Need?

The Office of Student Affairs must be able to substantiate why each requested accommodation is needed to achieve equal opportunity and how it relates to the student’s disability. The Student Affairs Office considers the student’s experience with their disability, documentation of their disability, and the legitimate requirements and standards of classes, programs, and activities for which our services are authorized. The Student Affairs Office asks that each student provide substantial, clear, and convincing evidence that supports the need for accommodations.

Below is a list of recommended types of documentation depending on the nature of a student’s disability including forms that the student's medical provider can complete online. While there is not a deadline for requesting accommodations, we strongly recommend newly accepted students to contact the Office of Student Affairs prior to matriculation to begin the process for the individualized assessment.

Please address all requests or inquiries to Maggie McMorrow, Associate Director of Student Affairs and Career Services, either via email at Maggie.McMorrow@tufts.edu or by phone at 617-636-6543.

  • Students may fill out the Initial Accommodation Request Form which can also be requested from the Dental Office of Student Affairs. Please submit to the Associate Director of Student Affairs and Career Services.

  • Please submit to the Associate Director of Student Affairs and Career Services:

    • Neuropsychological or psycho-educational report that includes client history, DSM diagnosis, level of severity, symptoms, functional limitations, diagnostic procedures, treatment plan (if any) and recommendations for accommodations in higher education. Cognitive assessments should include full scale scores, verbal, performance and index scores. Sub-test scores preferred.
    • Written diagnostic report that includes:
      • the credentials of the evaluator;
      • a clear diagnostic statement;
      • the diagnostic methodology;
      • current functional limitations;
      • expected progression or stability of the disability;
      • current/past accommodations, services and/or medication(s);
      • recommendations for accommodations in higher education
    • If available, include information regarding cognitive or academic testing, and any prescribed medications.
    • If you do not have this report, please contact the Dental Office of Student Affairs for documentation information.
  • Please submit to the Associate Director of Student Affairs and Career Services:

    • Neuropsychological or psycho-educational report that includes client history, DSM diagnosis, level of severity, symptoms, functional limitations, diagnostic procedures, and recommendations for accommodations in higher education. Cognitive assessments should include full scale scores, verbal, performance and index scores. Sub-test scores preferred
    • Written diagnostic report that includes:
      • the credentials of the evaluator;
      • a clear diagnostic statement;
      • the diagnostic methodology;
      • current functional limitations;
      • expected progression or stability of the disability;
      • current/past accommodations, services and/or medication(s);
      • recommendations for accommodations in higher education.
    • If you do not have this report, please contact the Dental Office of Student Affairs for documentation information.
  • Please submit the following to the Associate Director of Student Affairs and Career Services:

    OR

    • Diagnostic statement from a licensed clinical professional that includes diagnosis, level of severity, symptoms, expected duration, functional limitations (be as descriptive as possible), treatment (types and frequency) and recommendations for accommodations in a higher education environment.
    • If available, include information regarding cognitive or academic testing, and any prescribed medications.
  • Please submit the following to the Associate Director of Student Affairs and Career Services:

    OR

    • Written diagnostic report from a licensed clinical professional that includes client history, DSM diagnosis, level of severity, symptoms, functional limitations (be as descriptive as possible), diagnostic procedures, treatment plan (types and frequency) and recommendations for accommodations in higher education.
    • If available, include information regarding cognitive or academic testing, and any prescribed medications.
  • Please submit the following to the Associate Director of Student Affairs and Career Services:

    • Copy of most recent audiogram.
    • Diagnostic statement from a licensed clinical professional that includes etiology, type and severity of the hearing loss with and without assistive device, functional limitations, and recommendations.
    • If available, include information regarding speech recognition threshold and use of amplification devices.
  • Please submit the following to the Associate Director of Student Affairs and Career Services:

    • Evaluation report from a licensed clinical professional including all measurements, data, visual fields, and visual acuity for each eye, with or without correction, if worn.
    • Diagnostic statement including etiology, diagnosis, symptoms, prognosis, and treatment.
    • If available, include phorias, fusional ranges, depth perception, and visual accommodation measurements.
  • Please submit the following to the Associate Director of Student Affairs and Career Services:

    • Diagnostic statement from a licensed clinical professional that includes diagnosis, level of severity, symptoms, expected duration, functional limitations (be as descriptive as possible), treatment (types and frequency) and recommendations for accommodations in a higher education environment.
    • If available, include information about their mobility support device (What is it? Is it electric?), and any prescribed medications.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • The Dental Office of Student Affairs encourages any student who thinks that they might have a disability to get in touch with us. We can help determine whether or not documentation is needed, and if is needed, we can help students find an outside evaluator.

  • Any Tufts University School of Dental Medicine student seeking accommodations must provide documentation of their disability. Once we have that documentation, the Dental Office of Student Affairs will meet with each student individually to determine what accommodations are best for them and what is possible given the requirements of the program.

  • There are four sources of documentation that the Dental Office of Student Affairs takes into consideration:

    1. The interactive process that the student completes with a Dental Office of Student Affairs representative.
    2. Recommendations of qualified professionals familiar with the student.
    3. Documentation from outside sources, such as a professional diagnosis, observations by educators, and documentation noting past use of services (including services provided under and IEP or Section 504 Plan).
    4. Documentation of previous accommodations provided to the student at educational institutions or testing agencies.
  • Documentation is necessary to inform our consideration of individualized accommodations. It is through the interactive process that the Dental Office of Student Affairs informs each student on a case-by-case basis when updated or additional documentation is necessary.

  • Diagnostic documentation is kept in a confidential file maintained by the Dental Office of Student Affairs, and is not part of the student’s academic transcript.

    While your diagnostic documentation is kept confidential in our office, as university officials, the Dental Office of Student Affairs staff are mandatory reporters when it comes to sexual assault or recent suicidal attempts or plans. This means that any explicit references to either of these topics that we read about in your documentation or discussed in our meetings at the Dental Office of Student Affairs requires us to connect you with confidential support resources on campus. If you have already reached out to these resources, or would prefer not to disclose, we encourage you to discuss the relevant diagnosis and symptoms/impact without disclosing details to the event that you’d prefer to keep confidential. If in the future, you would to be referred to the resources available on campus, we can help connect you.

  • The Dental Office of Student Affairs needs sufficient information to determine eligibility and effective accommodations for each student.

  • Documentation must allow the Dental Office of Student Affairs to understand how a student is currently impacted by disability and must be from within the last five years. Documentation must provide substantial and clear evidence that supports the need for higher education accommodations. If a disability fluctuates or is progressive, updated documentation may be required.