Self-Identification & Student Responsibilities
Students must register with and disclose their disability to the Office
of Student Support Services to be considered for services and
accommodations. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain and
provide appropriate documentation to substantiate their disability.
Upon completion of intake and assessment, the student will be provided
with a Memo of Accommodation that must be taken to each professor to
inform him/her of the accommodations that they are approved to
receive. Students are advised to discuss their disability with
their professors as it pertains to their special needs and/or
Appropriate and Acceptable Documentation
► For assistance in obtaining appropriate documentation for your physician or other professional clinician, students may request and use the Documented Disability Form developed by the Office of Student Support Services.
Individualized Education Program (IEP) and 504 Plans are not acceptable
documentation for college. An IEP is a contract between the
student and the high school and while high schools and colleges both
fall under Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act, colleges
fall under a different subsection.
Acceptable documentation must be prepared by a medical doctor,
psychologist or other qualified technician. The documentation
must be on letterhead and include the following: 1) a detailed
description of current disability; 2) date condition was diagnosed; 3)
how your disability affects a major life activity; 4) how the
disability affects your academic performance; 5) recommendations for
appropriate accommodations; and 6) credentials of the professional
Documentation can be no more than three (3) years old for learning
disabilities, ADHD, physical or mental health disabilities, and
► Documentation can be no more than six (6) months old for psychiatric disabilities.
Oftentimes documentation is not required from students with visible
disabilities, (i.e. physical disabilities, blind, etc.).