Students with psychological disabilities and temporary conditions must provide documentation that:
- Is comprehensive and discusses current problems associated with the diagnosis. The documentation of psychological disabilities provided to Disability Services must be within six months prior to the student's request for accommodation(s)
- Mental Health Professionals conducting assessments, rendering diagnoses of specific psychological disabilities, and making recommendations for appropriate accommodation(s) must be licensed by the state in which they practice (i.e., psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, medical doctor, privileged licensed professional counselors).
- Identifies a diagnosis of a psychological disorder according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: Fourth Edition, (DSM-TR).
- Discusses functional limitations caused by the disability in an academic environment in which the student is requesting accommodation(s).
- Recommends accommodation(s) to compensate for the identified functional limitations.
- Lists current medication, dosages, and existing side effects, if the disability is managed by medication
Accommodations are decided on a case-by-case basis and may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Priority registration
- Extended time on examinations
- Examinations in a quiet, distraction-reduced environment
- Consideration for absences
- Frequent breaks
- Writing directly on the test, without a scantron
- Note taker
- To register for services
- To request additional services
- When unable to work out an approved accommodations with faculty
- When accommodations do not seem to be helping or the psychological condition has worsened
- When there is a problem. Be honest with staff and faculty. We cannot be of assistance if we do not know a problem exists.
PSYCHOLOGICAL DISABILITIES DOCUMENTATION FORM (PDF)