Documentation Guidelines

Students are required to submit documentation of their disability in order to request academic accommodations and other support services provided by Student Accessibility Services (SAS).  Documentation guidelines outline the specific information, according to the type of disability, that must be included in evaluation reports and other communications provided by qualified professionals (e.g. physicians, therapists, educational diagnosticians, psychologists, etc.).

General Guidelines for all Disabilities 

It is important to recognize that accommodation needs can change over time and are not always identified during the initial diagnostic process. A prior history of accommodation, without demonstration of current need, does not warrant provision of a similar accommodation. In addition, the nature of each academic course, in which a student is enrolled during each semester / module, must also be considered.  Accommodations are not intended to fundamentally alter the curriculum.  Accommodations are meant to provide equal access, not academic success. 

Diagnoses written on prescription pads and/or parent’s notes indicating a disability are NOT considered appropriate documentation.

SAS will make the final determination as to whether appropriate and reasonable accommodations are warranted and can be provided to the individual.

In addition to documentation as described above, transfer students should provide written verification of accommodations received (and dates served) from the previously attended school(s).

All documentation submitted to SAS is considered confidential.

Documentation Guidelines are adapted from The University of Texas at Austin, Services for Students with Disabilities