Faculty and Teaching Staff

Ensuring access and providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities is a shared responsibility. Students, faculty and staff of the Office for Diversity work collaboratively to meet the obligations of Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, to provide equal access to educational opportunities.

If a student requests a disability-related accommodation in your course, you should first determine whether or not the student has discussed and arranged accommodations with the Office for Diversity. If not, immediately refer the student to the Office for Diversity, which is designated to arrange appropriate accommodations for all disabled Mayo students.

Reasonable accommodations

The Office for Diversity provides a full range of support services, accommodations and programs to remove barriers to full participation in Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

A reasonable accommodation is an adjustment designed to mitigate the impact of a student's disability without compromising the integrity of an academic course or program.

Reasonable accommodations may include:

  • Assistive technology
  • Instructional strategies
  • Extended time to complete degree

Providing reasonable accommodations allows students with disabilities to have equal access to education and services at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Students with disabilities are required to meet the same academic and technical standards as their non-disabled peers, using reasonable accommodations.

Instructors are required to provide exam accommodations to students who request it if those accommodations have been determined as necessary for the student.

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act, protect students with disabilities. These laws require that qualified students with disabilities must have equal access to an education, including exam accommodations.


If Mayo faculty and staff have questions about providing accommodations to disabled learners, please contact:

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Office for Diversity
Email: officefordiversity@mayo.edu

Mitchell Student Center 2-06
200 First Street S.W.
Rochester, MN 55905

Dec. 07, 2011