Students with psychiatric disabilities must present documentation from licensed mental health professionals such as psychiatrists, psychologists, physicians and social workers. The documentation must include the following:
- Diagnosis and Psychological test results, where appropriate
- Summary of treatment and medication recommendations
- Learning areas impaired by the mental disorder
- Evaluation of ability to function in a college environment
- Recommendation for continued treatment
- Recommendation for accommodations and the time period for which academic accommodations are recommended. The relevance of recommended accommodations(s) in relation to the student's disabilities must be included as part of the diagnostic evaluation.
Age of Documentation
Accommodations are primarily based upon assessment of the current impact of the student's disability(ies) on his/her academic performance. Students with psychiatric disabilities are granted accommodations for 12 months. Should there be a need for extended accommodations, written recommendations by a qualified mental health professional must be provided.
Implementing Recommended Accommodations
Upon receiving the disability evaluations, the Disability Compliance Officer will review the recommendation(s) for accommodations and support services and will consult with the Director of the University Counseling Center for further review of the recommendations. Appropriate accommodations will be offered only after meeting with the student and may require further interviews with selected members of the University's administration and/or faculty.
Duration of Accommodations
Accommodations are made only during the semester(s) when a student is actively participating in current course work. A student will not be granted accommodations if his/her accommodation request pertains to academic performances prior to the diagnosis of a disability(ies).