Guidelines for Documentation of Psychiatric Disorders
Students with psychiatric disorders must provide the Office of Student Disability Services (OSDS) with documentation that meets general documentation guidelines established by this office. This information not only serves to validate the presence of a disability under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, it is useful in providing information which supports accommodation needs. All documentation will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Students who have been diagnosed as having a psychiatric disorder may be eligible to receive services through the Office of Student Disability Services if the disability significantly limits major life activities. Examples of psychiatric disorders are major depression, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and adjustment disorders.
Students seeking accommodations for a psychiatric disorder should submit a report from their licensed mental health care provider. The mental health care provider is requested to fill out a form providing the following information:
- Diagnosis/Date of Diagnosis
- Specific psychiatric diagnosis from the DSM IV-TR
- Description of nature, frequency, and severity of symptoms
- Impact on student’s ability to participate in the university setting