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Student Disability Services

Welcome to the Student Disability Services page. Here you will find information relating to disability services and accommodation requests available for Weill Cornell Medical School and Graduate School of Medical Sciences students. 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 and we encourage that students reach out to me (Dean Zappetti) directly to inquire about acommodations.

Dana Zappetti, MD
Associate Dean of Student Affairs
WCM Student’s Disability Officer
daz9001@med.cornell.edu
212-746-1058

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.

Weill Cornell Medical College and the Graduate School of Medical Sciences 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. 

Requesting Accommodations 

Dr. Dana Zappetti, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, manages all curricular, academic and student affairs-related aspects of the student’s needs by working with faculty and administrators to provide services to students with disabilities in addition to assisting the school in meeting its compliance obligations.

Any medical documentation or conversations regarding disability or accommodation takes place between the student and Dean Zappetti in a confidential manner. Students should contact Dean Zappetti directly either by phone (212-746-1058) or email (daz9001@med.cornell.edu).

Once deemed eligible for accommodation, students complete the disability form which defines the disability, the accommodation, and a statement listing the appropriate individuals that will be notified.

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

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 Zappetti  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

Dana Zappetti, MD

Associate Dean of Student Affairs

Olin Hall

445 East 69 Street, Room 110

New York, NY 10021

daz9001@med.cornell.edu

212-746-1058

WCMC Disability Process & Request For Accommodations Form