Documentation Guidelines for Academic Accommodations

Student Disability Services works with students 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 as early as possible.

By sending the most comprehensive information possible, students will help avoid delays in the documentation review process. Simply providing documentation does not ensure students will be eligible. Documentation will be used to determine what is reasonable and appropriate for the individual.

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).

  • If you need to document a medical, psychological, or attentional disability, have your provider complete the Disability Verification Form for Academic Accommodation.
    • If not using the form above, 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. 
  • If you need to document a learning disability, please follow the guidelines outlined below. 

Documentation for Housing Accommodations

Documentation for Housing Accommodations

Please see Housing Accommodations for more specific information.

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 is not generally considered to be a person with a disability.