The Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR) requires self-identified students to submit documentation written by an appropriately licensed professional, both to verify the existence of the disclosed disabling condition and to determine reasonable accommodations that do not compromise the essential nature of the course. If documentation submitted is judged to be inadequate or incomplete to determine the extent of the disability and/or reasonable accommodations, additional documentation may be requested at the discretion of OAR. The student is responsible for any and all costs associated with obtaining documentation.
The following should be considered when submitting documentation:
- Documentation must be from a licensed professional, qualified in the specialty area of the disclosed disability.
- Current information offers the greatest assistance in determining current student needs. Documentation must be less than three years old. However, the University may use discretion in the following cases: (a) documentation greater than three years old when it involves a permanent, unchanging condition, or (b) less than three years old for changing chronic conditions that impact the student in different ways over time.
- Documentation must include specific diagnostic information (e.g., DSM – V diagnosis)
- Documentation must provide clear explanation of the current impact of disability on the student’s ability to function in an academic environment. All functional limitations in such an environment must be clearly stated.
- Documentation must clearly state the reasonable accommodations being requested. In addition, a clear rationale for each requested accommodation must be included. All accommodations are approved based upon the impact of disability on a student’s academic performance.
- Documentation, as appropriate, should indicate dual diagnoses.
- As indicated, the impact of medication on the student’s ability to function in an academic environment should be addressed.
- In some circumstances provisional or temporary accommodations may be approved: for example, if adequate documentation has not been received and it has been established that a student has a disability but more current information on functioning is needed. Such decisions are made at the discretion of OAR on a case-by-case basis.
Please follow the links below for specific documentation requirements for each disability category: