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Documentation Guidelines: Psychiatric Disabilities

  1. Documentation must include a medical or clinical diagnosis of the psychiatric disability based on the DSM-IV criteria and a rationale for diagnosis.

  2. The evaluation must be performed by a licensed mental health professional which could include a psychiatrist, a clinical psychologist, a licensed clinical social worker, or a licensed professional counselor. The diagnostician’s name, title, professional credentials, and affiliation must be provided.

  3. The documentation should include the following:

    • Information regarding the severity of the disability;
    • Information regarding the specific academic functions affected by the disability and the medication (ability to concentrate, ability to attend class regularly, stamina, ability to interact with others, etc.);
    • Recommendations for academic accommodations based on specific symptoms of the disability.
  4. Documentation must reflect the current status of the disability.  If the  documentation does not, students may be required to submit updated information and/or documentation.

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