Psychiatric Disabilities

Documentation requirements for an individual requesting services due to a psychiatric or psychological illness must be completed by a licensed clinical social worker, licensed professional counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist, neurologist, or other medical specialist with experience in psychiatric disabilities.

Comprehensive documentation must be submitted that includes:

  • A clear statement of the existence of a psychiatric impairment, including a DSM-IV diagnosis
  • A written report of:
    • History of presenting symptoms
    • Relevant developmental and familial information
    • Relevant medical history
    • Duration and severity of the disorder
    • Current treatments
  • A description of the condition's current functional impact on learning or other major life activity relevant to the academic experience
  • A statement addressing the individual's requested accommodation(s), including rationale as to why these accommodation(s) are warranted
  • A statement regarding how the use of medication and/or psychotherapy may or may not mitigate the psychiatric/psychological disorder

Any request for an extension of time on examinations, based on the impairment, should be supported by evidence that reflects a measurable decline in pre-morbid functioning.