Documentation Guidelines

General Information

In order to register for accommodation services with Disability Support Services, students are required to provide diagnostic documentation from a licensed clinical professional familiar with the history and functional implications of their respective disabilities.  Please see the list of disabilities to the left for specific documentation requirements.  

It is the student's responsibility to provide appropriate documentation of disability to Disability Support Services and to formally request a letter of accommodation from DSS personnel.

Disability documentation must:

  • Adequately verify the nature and extent of the disability in accordance with current professional standards and techniques, and
  • It must clearly substantiate the need for all of the student's specific accommodation requests.
  • NOT include a diagnosis or test performed by a member of the student's family. 

Please Note: 

  • Each disability type has its own requirements, so please see the specifics for each disability listed under the "Documentation Guidelines" tab on the left-hand side.
  • All documentation must be submitted on the official letterhead of the professional diagnosing the disability.
  • The report should be in narrative form, typed, dated and signed and include the name, title, and professional credentials of the evaluator.
  • If the documentation is incomplete or inadequate to determine the extent of the disability or reasonable accommodation, UNA has the discretion to require additional documentation.
  • Students requesting accommodations for the manifestations of multiple disabilities must provide documentation of all such conditions.
  • A High School IEP or a 504 plan is not sufficient documentation of a disability.
  • A history of accommodations does not in itself warrant the provision of similar accommodations at UNA.
  • Medication cannot be used to imply a diagnosis.

 The final determination of eligibility for services rests with the University of North Alabama

If you have questions or concerns about the documentation, please contact DSS at: