Accommodation Request & Implementation Process
Registering for Disability Services
- Register for services through the McBurney Disability Resource Center website by selecting How to Become a McBurney Client, and then completing the McBurney Connect Student Application. In order to be directed to the appropriate contact, please identify yourself as a pharmacy student on the McBurney Connect Student Application.
- The McBurney Center will contact you to schedule an intake appointment. The McBurney Center intake appointment will:
- Determine disability status
- Identify reasonable disability-related accommodations and services
- Identify services that may require additional referrals to specific McBurney staff (e.g. sign language interpretation, document conversion, media or real time captioning)
- Call SOP Student and Academic Affairs at 608-262-6234 to schedule a meeting with the SOP Technical Standards Director for a confidential discussion regarding how accommodations are implemented at the SOP.
The SOP Technical Standards Access to Accommodations Committee (TSAAC) and Student Confidentiality
- TSAAC meets three times per year (May, July, and December) to review accommodations outlined by the McBurney Center and discuss how a student’s accommodations will be delivered in classroom, clinical, and testing environments within the context of SOP Technical Standards.
- Student names, diagnoses, and pharmacy documentation are not provided to TSAAC; it is TSAAC’s primary role to determine how accommodations will be implemented within various pharmacy school settings in order to provide students with equal access to a pharmacy education and the evaluative process.
- Students requesting accommodations between the standard TSAAC meetings will be reviewed by the Technical Standards Director and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs who may issue temporary accommodations that will be reviewed by the full TSAAC during TSAAC standard meetings and may be subject to revision after the full review.
Notifying Students, Staff, and Faculty Through Accommodation Implementation Letters
- The student receives an Accommodation Implementation Letter from the Technical Standards Director and has the opportunity to ask questions about how their accommodations will be delivered.
- Implementation letters are provided to staff or faculty on a need-to-know basis, by semester. These key people are instructed to keep the implementation letters confidential and share them only with those who will be directly teaching the student, and have a need-to-know in order to provide equal access to a student’s pharmacy education.
- Students requiring note-takers work directly with their Academic Advisor in the Student and Academic Affairs Office.
- Additionally, staff and faculty are instructed that accommodation information is not intended to be used for or mentioned in student evaluations or recommendations.
- In order to receive accommodations, it is the student’s responsibility to follow the SOP’s published procedures for submitting and requesting accommodations. These responsibilities are:
- Register with McBurney Disability Resource Center and complete the intake and eligibility process.
- Submit the Technical Standards Form as well as the Accommodations Request Form found in the SoP Intranet Technical Standards application.
- Meet with the SOP Technical Standards Director to discuss how accommodations are implemented in the SOP.
- Prior to the start of a course or clinical rotation, discuss implementation of accommodations with the appropriate Course Coordinator or the person overseeing IPPE or APPE activities. Students are encouraged to contact the Assistant Dean for Experiential Education prior to APPE Registration (which happens early in the DPH-3 Fall semester) to discuss anticipated APPE accommodation requests. Failure to provide advanced notice could result in an inability to provide accommodations or a delay in the student’s graduation date.
- Meet with SOP Technical Standards Director in November and May of each academic year to determine if accommodation plans need adjustments for the upcoming semester. Adjustments may require meeting with The McBurney Center and may require additional documentation.
- Participate in an interactive process with appropriate staff and faculty. The effectiveness of accommodations requires an independent effort from the student to plan, manage, monitor, and communicate accommodation needs.
Additional Information About Accommodations:
- Accommodations are not retroactive.
- Accommodations will not alter or waive an essential part of any course, program, or degree.
- Receiving reasonable accommodations is not a guarantee of academic success. Accommodations are in place for the purpose of providing equal access and opportunity to meet the SOP Technical Standards.
- Accommodations for licensure exams are approved and administered by NABP, not by the SOP. Students are expected to review NABP accommodation requirements and begin this process in a timely manner. In general, students seeking accommodations on PCOA and NAPLEX licensure exams should submit accommodation requests at the start of the Fall Semester of the DPH3 year.
- Students needing accommodations for a short-term disability due to injury or surgery can provide a note from a health care professional to the SOP Technical Standards Director verifying the injury or surgery and indicating an anticipated end date. If the anticipated recovery date is postponed, an updated note from the student’s healthcare provider may be required.
Title IX Rights and Disability Laws
- Events such as pregnancy or a need for access to lactation rooms, etc. are not considered disabilities under the ADA. While complications arising from pregnancy may become eligible for disability services, Title IX provides protection against discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational program or activity. If you require Title IX rights, you should complete the Accommodation Request Form in the SoP Internet – Technical Standards application. Accommodation Implementation Letters will be provided to appropriate staff and/or faculty on a need-to-know basis.