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Documentation Guidelines

There is an easy three-step process involved in your request for accommodations. 

Step 1: Make the request 
Step 2: Provide documentation meeting documentation guidelines. 
Step 3: Participate in an interactive conversation about the request to determine whether reasonable accommodations are necessary and appropriate. 

Here are the general guidelines to keep in mind when we are reviewing your documentation:

  1. The documentation you provide should be current.
  2. Documentation must be comprehensive. Make sure your documentation includes a clear and specific diagnosis as well as an explanation of current, functional limitations or barriers to access.
  3. Assessment of learning must be done using adult norms.
  4. Documentation for any disability must have been conducted by a professional qualified to do so for the particular disability.
  5. Accommodations and services are based on assessment of the current impact on academic performance or access to the university’s programs, facilities and services. An IEP, 504 plan or summary letter alone is insufficient to establish eligibility for disability support services.
  6. In the case of physical, health-related, psychiatric, head/brain injury and other disabilities, the documentation provided must include at minimum: a diagnostic statement with the date of the diagnosis, the current level of functioning and a description of limitations as they relate to the university’s physical and educational environment.
  7. The Office of Disability Support Services will review your documentation to determine if/which accommodations will be made.
  8. Documentation guidelines for ADHD, learning disabilities, psychiatric disorders and other specific disabilities are more detailed.