Documentation Guidelines for Academic Accommodations

Student Disability Services works with students with disabilities to obtain documentation which assists in determining eligibility for accommodations. Eligibility for reasonable and appropriate accommodations is based on current, comprehensive disability documentation. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain and provide this information in a timely manner.

By sending the most comprehensive information possible, students will help avoid delays in the processing of documentation. Simply providing documentation does not ensure students will be eligible. Documentation will be used to determine what is reasonable and appropriate for the individual, including history of accommodations and services used in the past.

Your diagnosis is generally considered confidential as are the documents you provide to support your claim of disability. There are times your information may be shared on a need to know basis with university officials in keeping with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

There are two ways to provide documentation from an appropriately qualified professional that makes evident the current impact of the disability as it relates to the accommodation(s) requested. 

  1. Have your provider complete the appropriate Disability Verification Form below. 
  2. Follow the General Guidelines below to assist you in working with your treating/diagnosing professional(s) to prepare the information required to evaluate your request for services. 

Please see Housing Accommodations for more specific information regarding documentation for a housing accommodation.

Non-English Documentation

Student Disability Services prefers documentation be provided in English. Documentation received in a language other than English may delay the accommodation process and may require third party translation at the student's expense. Please contact our office as early as possible for a case by case consultation regarding non-English documentation. 

Temporary Illness or Injury

A student who has a temporary illness (e.g. cold or flu), or is recovering from surgery not based on a long-term condition would not be considered to have a disability.