LECOM prohibits and does not engage in discrimination on the basis of disability. LECOM is committed to ensuring that qualified students with disabilities have equal opportunity to participate in LECOM’s educational programs and activities.
It is LECOM’s intention to provide appropriate, reasonable accommodations for students who voluntarily disclose and provide professional documentation of a disability in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), including changes made by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. LECOM will take all reasonable steps to accommodate qualified students and applicants with disabilities as defined by applicable law.
Requesting Special Accommodations Due to a Disability
Students requesting special accommodations for examinations, laboratory procedures, or other activities must submit a Request for Special Accommodation Due to a Disability Form and required supporting documentation to the Director of Student Affairs at the Erie or Bradenton campus or to the Vice President of LECOM at Seton Hill at the LECOM at Seton Hill campus. The completed form and required documentation must be submitted thirty (30) days prior to the start of the semester to permit sufficient time for the review and approval process to be completed prior to the start of the semester. Requests submitted at other times may take up to thirty (30) days to be processed upon the receipt of the completed request form and all required documentation.
Documentation of the assessment by a licensed/certified professional who is not a family member must be submitted in support of the completed Request for Special Accommodation Due to a Disability Form using the Physician’s/Clinician’s Disability Accommodation Verification Form. An appropriately qualified licensed/certified professional with expertise and sufficient knowledge in the area of the asserted disability must provide a current assessment of the student’s disability. Documentation which shows that the same, or similar, accommodation was granted at a previously attended undergraduate or graduate institution may be submitted along with the completed Request for Special Accommodation Due to a Disability Form. See the Request for Special Accommodation Due to a Disability – Guidelines for Documentation for more information about required documentation. Copies of all forms may be obtained from the Office of Student Affairs.
All requests for special accommodations are reviewed by the Director of Student Affairs or Vice President for LECOM at Seton Hill in consultation with the appropriate dean. Strict confidentiality is maintained in the review of each request. The student is responsible for any costs related to any additional evaluation or testing required in support of the request for special accommodations. The student will receive written notification of LECOM’s decision regarding the request for special accommodations. If a request for special accommodation is granted by LECOM, a letter of agreement stating the nature and extent of the accommodation will be prepared for signature by the student and appropriate LECOM representative for inclusion in the student’s permanent record.
LECOM Accommodations for Testing and Licensing Examinations
It must be noted that LECOM is only able to provide special accommodations for examinations that are under the institution’s control. In particular, the licensure examinations for osteopathic physicians, pharmacists, and dentists, parts of which are required in some programs for advancement within and graduation from LECOM, are administered by the national licensure boards listed below. Any requests for special accommodations on licensure examinations must be made directly to the appropriate board. LECOM’s approval of a request for special accommodations does not guarantee a similar response from the licensure board.
The Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX) is administered by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME).
The North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) is administered by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NAPB).
The National Board Dental Examinations (NBDE) are administered by the ADA’s Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE).