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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 Katherine Vosker, Director of Student Affairs, either via email at or by phone at 617-636-0887.

Frequently Asked Questions