Accommodations for Disabled Learners

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science actively solicits applications from students representing the breadth and depth of diversity that is prevalent in our patient base and in the communities that we serve.

A prospective student with a disability is encouraged to contact staff in the Office for Diversity to discuss any matters related to his or her abilities. Additionally, students with disabilities are welcomed and encouraged to visit the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science's Office for Diversity when considering applying, upon acceptance and prematriculation, and while a student in any program or school.

All programs and schools within Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science welcome applications from students with disabilities. It is Mayo Clinic's policy to take all reasonable steps to minimize the impact of disability upon a learner's academic pursuits. Appropriate adjustments will be made to enhance the participation and overall educational experience of disabled students.

Office for Diversity staff welcome the opportunity to assist students in obtaining information on potential accommodations and resources that might aid them in meeting all of their program requirements and achieving academic success. Staff work to provide a support network for students and connect them to the vast clinical and educational resources available at Mayo Clinic to support their individual needs. A designated Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science disability officer is available to discuss specific disability accommodations when a student seeks assistance.

For 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 obligation 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 College of Medicine and Science programs. 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 in the college. Students with disabilities are required to meet the same academic and technical standards as all their 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

For prospective students

We invite prospective students to visit the Office for Diversity for an overview of Mayo policies and the services provided to learners with disabilities. We suggest you coordinate this visit with a tour of campus and an information session.

The Office for Diversity does not play a role in the admissions process and visiting us does not affect your application. Students with disabilities follow the same process and are reviewed in the same manner as other applicants. The visit is simply an opportunity for you to learn about the services we offer for students with disabilities.

Disclosure of disabilities

Disclosure of a disability is a personal decision and a prospective student is not obligated to self-identify prior to admission. Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science does a holistic review that looks at your achievements within your personal context.

Although you are not required to disclose your disability, it may be helpful to do so if it explains other information in your application. For example, a student whose grades dropped temporarily due to a flare-up of a medical condition may wish to explain those circumstances.

Providing accommodations

Specific accommodations appropriate for each student are determined after admission.

As soon as possible after acceptance, you should contact the Office for Diversity. Because accommodations require advance planning, early identification of a student's needs helps ensure arrangements and accommodations are made in a timely manner.

You should not send reports such as a medical, psychological, psychiatric or psycho-educational evaluation directly to the Office of Student Financial Aid and Registrar or any other Mayo Clinic office.

Professional documentation should only be provided to the Office for Diversity after admission. We ask you to submit this documentation shortly after you are accepted.

Mayo Clinic operates a free transit system on campus. The main shuttle traverses the campus year-round, Monday through Friday (except Mayo Clinic holidays). All buses are wheelchair accessible and have bike racks.

July 06, 2018