Students who are seeking disability support services on the basis of a diagnosed psychological/psychiatric disability are required to submit documentation to verify eligibility under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Protection under these civil rights statutes is based on documentation of a psychological/psychiatric disability that currently substantially limits a major life activity, including learning. Documentation must include:
- A description of present symptoms that meet the criteria for diagnosis, using the diagnostic criteria established by the DSM-5 (American Psychiatric Association, 2013).
- The specific details stating how the disorder manifests in the individual, with supporting evidence that it has caused impairment in current academic functioning. A formal statement of the severity of the disorder is essential and should be supported by clear evidence in clinical detail.
- The printed name, signature, title, professional credentials/license number, address, phone number and fax number of each evaluator involved as well as the date(s) of evaluation, all on official letterhead.
- A Psychological Evaluation documenting the disability from a qualified professional: a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist, or other qualified mental health professional.