Any student requesting accommodations on the basis of a disability must provide current written documentation of the disability and its impact on student life to the Director of Disabilities Services. The Director and the student will meet to determine appropriate accommodations based on the documentation and on the requirements of the program or class in which the student is participating. Documentation may be provided by a physician or another licensed professional in a field appropriate to the disability. Examples of other licensed professionals are a psychologist, vocational rehabilitation counselor, audiologist or speech pathologist. Students may need to have a release between their physician, psychologist, or other professional and Disability Services on file to facilitate clarification of any written documentation. Although an Individual Education Plan (IEP) from high school may provide helpful information, it may not be an accepted source of documentation unless it includes results of recent specified tests.
The following criteria serve as a guideline for documentation:
- Must be typed on letterhead.
- Must state qualifications of doctor.
- Must include a detailed description of the disability, including a DSM code. The doctor will be familiar with these. Should also include the date of diagnosis.
- Must include a detailed description of how the disability affects you. The doctor should provide information on the student's current condition and how this condition interferes with or impacts the ability to participate in the educational process.
- If applicable, should include medical information relating to the impact of medication and/or treatment on the student's ability to participate in all aspects (classroom, extracurricular activities, etc.) of the academic environment.
- The doctor should include any recommendations he/she may have for appropriate accommodations within the context of the university environment.
- May not be dated more than 3 years prior.