Documentation Guidelines: Temporary Disabilities

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Students with temporary injuries (e.g. broken bones, recovery from surgery, etc.) may benefit from services SAS can coordinate, such as extra time for examinations, use of a scribe, and note taking assistance. Students with such injuries who are seeking academic assistance should provide supportive documentation to SAS for consideration.

Documentation should include:

  1. Diagnosis, Injury, and/or Condition: based on a formal assessment by a qualified provider (e.g., physician, nurse practitioner, physical or occupational therapist).
    1. Date of diagnosis.
    2. Approximate duration of diagnosis/injury/condition.
  2. Functional Limitations: Information on limitations associated with diagnosis, injury, and/or condition.
  3. Accommodations: (Optional) Recommended adjustments.

All documentation must be submitted on the official letterhead of the professional describing the disability. The report should be dated and signed and include the name, title, and professional credentials of the evaluator, including information about license or certification. Evaluators should not be related to the individual being assessed.

Student Accessibility Services will make the determination regarding whether accommodations are reasonable in the University environment. 

All documentation submitted to SAS is considered confidential.