Disability Services

The Harvard School of Dental Medicine is dedicated to providing students with appropriate support and services to ensure that they have an accessible and welcoming learning environment.  Disability Services complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (as amended in 2008) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 in providing services to students with disabilities.

Disability Services determines reasonable accommodations on an individual, case-by-case basis. Students are required to submit current clinical documentation by an appropriate medical care professional, must include the student’s name, a diagnosis, and detail the functional limitations caused by the diagnosis. This documentation should also outline the treating medical professional’s recommended accommodations.  Additional documentation may be requested by Disability Services.  

Please note that obtaining documentation from a medical professional can take time and, therefore, students should plan accordingly.  Last- minute submission of documentation may result in delays in accommodations.

The School of Dental Medicine works to maintain privacy; however, information on functional limitations and accommodations may be shared internally on a need-to-know basis.  Medical documentation, notes, and any additional diagnostic material is maintained in confidence by Disability Services. This material is released to a third party consistent with state and federal law.

The Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s process of providing accommodations is not necessarily reflective of the process for receiving testing accommodations on the National Board Exams or any Regional Board Exams.  Students are responsible for seeking their own desired accommodations for these exams.

To Request Accommodations Contact the Director of Disability Services
HSDM students are expected to be actively responsible for all aspects of their enrollment. Students requesting accommodations must take the initiative to seek assistance, comply with deadlines and agreements, and contact the Director of Disability Services in a timely manner:

HSDM/HMS Director of Disability Services (interim support):
Shelby Acteson, Associate Director of Harvard University Disability Services
shelby_acteson@harvard.edu
617-496-1772
The Disability Services Office is located in TMEC 347

Shelby will be on the Longwood campus on most Monday and Wednesday afternoons between 1:00 and 5:00 PM, other days/times by appointment. 

Implementation of Accommodations in Courses and Student's Responsibilities
The Director of Disability Services will communicate by letter a student’s recommended academic or clinical accommodation(s) to the appropriate course/rotation site director before the start of the course/rotation. The student has the responsibility to anticipate the need for such letters in their various courses and/or rotations and to work closely with the Director of Disability Services regarding the sequence of letters that will be needed for the courses planned for the year.