Providing Quality Documentation
Typically, documentation should be provided on letterhead signed by a healthcare provider or counselor. While other forms of documentation may be considered, a one line letter or a verification of a diagnosis written on a prescription pad are not adequate documentation to support requests for accommodation.
Who can provide documentation?
The best quality documentation is provided by a licensed or otherwise properly qualified professional who has no personal relationship with the individual being evaluated. The professional should be qualified to make the diagnosis (e.g., an orthopedic limitation might be documented by a physician, but not licensed psychologist).
What should be included in the documentation?
Quality documentation includes a diagnosis and provides information on how it impacts the student and their ability to access courses, course materials and demonstrate their knowledge of the material.
While the Disability Services office is not obligated to approve recommendations made by outside entities, those determined to be reasonable and relevant to the programs, services, and benefits offered by the university may be considered.
Additional Notes About Documentation
Please reivew the Frequently Asked Questions about Documentation and contact Disability Services if you have any questions.
All evaluations, test results, and medical records are confidential and are used for the sole purpose of determining eligibility for accommodations. The nature of the disability or temporary disabling condition is not released to any other party except with the written consent of the student.