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Please visit the UTMB Site Policies and Required Links page for additional information.

Students: please view the SHP Student Policies web page.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

The University of Texas Medical Branch, School of Health Professions is committed to recruiting and admitting a diverse class of highly qualified students. This includes applicants of all ethnicities, races, cultures, ages, gender, sexual identities, religions and life experiences represented in the population of the State of Texas.

Nondiscrimination, Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action

The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), in compliance with applicable federal laws and regulations, strives to maintain an environment free from discrimination against individuals based on race, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, or veteran status. This includes, but is not limited to, academic program admissions, employment, financial aid, health care services, educational services, and access to UTMB programs, facilities, or services. This applies to all employees and students, and anyone who utilizes UTMB facilities.

Reference: IHOP - 03.02.01 - Nondiscrimination, Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action

Essential Functions for Students with Disabilities

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and federal state, and local requirements regarding students with disabilities. Under these laws, no otherwise qualified and competitive individual with a disability shall be denied access to or participation in services, programs, and activities of UTMB solely on the basis of disability.

UTMB is committed to providing equal opportunity for students with disabilities. If you have documented disability or would like to obtain information regarding services for students with disabilities at UTMB, please contact the Institutional ADA Officer.

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Reference: IHOP - 07.01.01 - Students with Disabilities

Security Clearance

On January 1, 2004, a new Joint Commission of Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) standard became effective requiring criminal background checks for security purposes on all employees, staff, and volunteers who supervise care, render treatment, and provide services. The site governing this policy can be found at: UTMB IHOP Background Check Policy (PDF)  | UTMB Policies and Procedures website .

Individual institutions have been given the responsibility for mandating this clearance for students. The UTMB School of Health Professions policy states that students who are assigned to clinical facilities that require criminal background checks for security purposes must comply with and receive clearance from affiliated institutions in order to participate in clinically related activities. Therefore, in keeping with this policy, all students will be required to undergo a background check for security clearance in order to matriculate into UTMB.

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