Student Disability Services

Welcome to the Student Disability Services page. Here you will find information relating to disability services and accommodation requests available for students of the Medical College and of the Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Weill Cornell Medicine. We work in partnership with faculty, staff and students to ensure that all aspects of student life are accessible, equitable, and inclusive for all individuals with disabilities.

To ensure that students have a successful and accessible education experience at Weill Cornell, we are committed to protecting the privacy of all learners. 

To begin a process of requesting disability services or accommodations, please contact:

  • Students in the Medical School:

Janna Gordon-Elliott, MD, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs: jsg2005@med.cornell.edu, (212) 746-1058

  • Students in the Graduate School:

Judith Cukor, PhD. Assistant Dean of Student Affairs: juc2010@med.cornell.edu, (212) 746-4492

During this initial inquiry, you are encouraged to not disclose any information about the nature of the disability or the nature of the accommodations/services being requested.  The Assistant Dean of Student Affairs will direct you to the designated system for requesting services.  You may be asked questions to help the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs best direct your request, but your privacy will be prioritized.

Disability Services and Accommodation Requests

Disability is defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activites.” An individual may also qualify as disabled if they have had an impairment in the past or is seen as disabled based on a personal or group standard or norm. Such impairments may include physical, sensory, and cognitive or intellectual impairments. Mental disorders (also known a psychiatric or psychosocial disability) and various types of chronic disease may also be considered qualifying disabilities. A disability may occur during a person’s lifetime or may be present from birth. Disability can be permanent or short-term.

The Medical College and the Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Weill Cornell Medicine are dedicated to providing equal educational opportunities for students with disabilities. Federal law states that no qualified student will be excluded, denied participation or subjected to discrimination from any program or activity. 

Possible accommodations include, but are not limited to:

  • additional time on exams due to learning disability or psychiatric conditions
  • access to academic/ living and all campus buildings due to movement or sensory diability
  • need for emotional support in housing
  • temporary accommodations due to injury/ medical illness
  • hearing or visual aids/ interpretation
  • housing accommodation due to medical or psychiatric disability

Arrangement of Accommodations & Services

Once there is a determination that services or accommodations are needed, you will collaborate with the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs (Dr. Janna Gordon-Elliott for the Medical School, and Dr. Judith Cukor for the Graduate School) to arrange all curricular, academic and student affairs-related aspects of your needs.

Any necessary exchange of medical documentation or written or verbal communication regarding disability or services/accommodation takes place between the student and the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs in a confidential manner.

Tips for Incoming Students

We remain committed to assisting students as they transition to our Medical and Graduate school. To ensure that we remain at the forefront of providing an inclusive and accessible learning environment, we welcome the discussion of these suggestions in more detail as they pertain to your specific circumstance. Incoming students should contact  Dean Gordon-Elliott  as soon as possible prior to matriculation to discuss potential accommodations. We encourage that incoming students obtain copies of pertinent medical records and documentation of prior disability accommodations, if applicable. 

Student Disability Services

Office of Student Affairs and Student Life

Olin Hall

445 East 69 Street, Room 110

New York, NY 10021

WCMC Student Disability Services Guidelines