The university shall endeavor to make reasonable accommodations to qualified students unless those accommodations fundamentally alter the nature of the university’s academic standards and educational mission.

The cost and responsibility for providing documentation shall be borne by the student.

Documenting a Medical or Psychological Disability

The documentation should present clear and specific evidence, which identifies the individual’s diagnosis, present level of functioning, and how the student’s symptoms impact their access to academic and university life.

The documentation should be prepared by a qualified professional (e.g. licensed physician or certified mental health professional)

The documentation should include:

  • How long the diagnostician has treated the student and the date of last contact
  • ICD-10 diagnosis and/or DSM-5 diagnosis
  • Instruments, procedures and data sources used to diagnose
  • Current symptoms and the rationale for requested accommodations
  • Treatment being used (e.g. medication, counseling, etc.)
  • How this disorder impacts the student in the post-secondary environment
  • Diagnostician’s name, title, license number, address, and phone number

We suggest having your treating professional use the following form: Medical Documentation of Disability Form

Documenting a Learning Disability

Documentation of a learning disability should include the full psychoeducational evaluation: a written report which reflects the individual’s present level of information processing as well as their achievement level and any and all relevant history, testing results, full diagnosis, functional impairments as they relate to the educational environment, and suggested academic accommodations.

The following types of documentation are acceptable:

  • Psychoeducational evaluation either completed privately or by the student’s K-12 school district
  • IEP and 504 Plan, if they include detailed information, including the diagnosis of the learning disability and functional limitations.
  • The documentation must be prepared by a professional qualified by education and experience to diagnose learning disabilities, which would include but not be limited to a licensed neuropsychologist or psychologist, learning disability specialist or other appropriate professional certified to administer such tests as those identified below. 

Since assessment constitutes the basis for determining reasonable accommodations, it is in a student’s best interest to provide the most recent psychoeducational evaluation, however SAA will consider any available psychoeducational evaluation. SAA makes every effort to avoid the need for retesting.

Documentation can be included in the Accommodations Request, or sent to:

Student Accessibility and Accommodation

University of Puget Sound
1500 North Warner
Tacoma, WA 98416-1096
Fax: 253.879.3786