Disability Policy and Reasonable Accommodation Request Form
Vermont Law School strives to be supportive of the academic and personal needs of all of its students and is committed to helping those with disabilities participate fully in the life of the law school.
Vermont Law School is required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities if such accommodations are necessary to provide equitable access to our programs and services. Both the ADA and Section 504 protect individuals from discrimination and ensure reasonable accommodations. Vermont Law School’s complete Disability Policy and Procedures can be found in the Student Handbook.
At Vermont Law School, Vice Dean for Students Beth McCormack certifies student disabilities that have been documented by a qualified professional on an individual basis and recommends reasonable accommodations as appropriate given the nature of the student’s disability and any relevant academic requirements. While Vermont Law School strives to accommodate students as fully as possible, reasonable accommodations do not include measures that fundamentally alter the academic program or that place undue administrative or financial burden on the law school.
NOTE: Students should not assume that information indicating the presence of a disability included in their application to VLS is known to Dean McCormack. Students seeking an accommodation for a disability must make a direct request to Dean McCormack via the process below.
How to Request an Accommodation for a Disability
- Carefully read all information on this page.
- Download and read the Documentation Guidelines and the accompanying Summary Cover Sheet pertinent to your disability (available below).
- Complete the online Disability Accommodation Request Form. As part of the online Disability Accommodation Request Form, you may upload scanned copies (.pdfs) of medical reports and other documents required under the Documentation Guidelines (e.g. your health care professional’s report(s) and signed Summary Cover Sheet). If you cannot upload scanned copies of your medical documentation, you may bring it to Dean McCormack, located on the second floor of Debevoise Hall, or mail it to:
- Vermont Law School
- Attn: Dean McCormack
164 Chelsea Street, PO Box 96
South Royalton, VT 05068
- Click the “Submit Completed Form” button.
- You should receive an email confirming receipt of your request soon after you submit it.
If you have a unique situation that you believe the process above does not adequately address, please contact Dean McCormack directly.
Evaluation of Requests
All requests for services and accommodations will be evaluated by the Vice Dean for Students in accordance with Vermont Law School policies and the law. The provision of accommodations in a previous educational setting does not guarantee that they will be approved here. Please be aware that in some cases Dean McCormack may need to request additional information or clarification from your health care professional.
Students are urged to submit requests and any necessary supporting documentation as soon as possible because the review process can take up to 30 days. Please be aware that your request cannot be considered until all necessary documentation has been submitted (you will be contacted if any required documentation is missing). As a rule, accommodations based on requests made less than 14 days prior to the first day of examination period will not be implemented until the following term. Similarly, accommodations based on requests made less than 14 days prior to any midterm examination will not be implemented until after the midterm.
Students requesting accommodations for a physical, psychiatric, or learning disability must provide current documentation verifying the disability and providing recommended accommodations. The documentation required varies depending on the nature of the disability. Pursuant to “Step 2” (above), you should download and read the Documentation Guidelines pertinent to your disability. If you have more than one type of disability (e.g. a physical disability and a learning disability), you should download more than one set of Documentation Guidelines.
- Documentation Guidelines for students with Physical Disabilities
- Summary Cover Sheet for students with Physical Disabilities
- Documentation Guidelines for students with Psychiatric Disabilities
- Summary Cover Sheet for students with Psychiatric Disabilities
- Documentation Guidelines for students with Learning Disabilities
- Summary Cover Sheet for students with Learning Disabilities