Students must self-identify and provide current and specific disability documentation — there is no automatic referral process.
- Documentation of a disability must include a diagnostic evaluation by a qualified professional, preferably completed within the past three years.
- It should substantiate the student’s need for accommodations based on his or her current level of functioning in an educational setting.
- It should include an assessment and specific diagnosis based on test results, as well as specific recommendations for accommodations and the reasons for them.
A school plan such as an IEP or 504 Plan by itself may be insufficient documentation, although it can be included as part of a more comprehensive evaluation. Accommodations received in the past do not guarantee future accommodations. If documentation is missing, out-of-date, or insufficient, students bear the cost of providing additional documentation.
Please refer to the links regarding documentation on the disability services home page and contact the CDS if you have any questions.
Once the documentation paperwork is on file (preferably before the beginning of each semester), you will meet with the CDS to discuss what accommodations are reasonable and appropriate based on the classes you are registered for during that semester. Academic accommodations are determined on a semester-by-semester basis.
The CDS will review the documentation and meet with you in order to determine how your disability/functional limitations may affect academic work. Together, you and the CDS will decide in which courses you may need accommodations and what those accommodations should be. When necessary, the CDS will consult with individual professors as to whether proposed accommodations would be consistent with the technical requirements for a particular course. The CDS prepares a letter setting forth the reasonable accommodations a student should be given in a particular course, which is then delivered to the appropriate faculty members. It is the student’s responsibility to be in contact with their faculty about the use of these accommodations.