Guidelines for Documentation of Psychological Disability

TCC students seeking academic accommodations for psychological disability are asked to submit documentation verifying eligibility to receive such academic accommodations from the Office of Educational Accessibility.

All documentation is confidential and is never considered a part of the academic transcript.

The following guidelines are provided in the interest of identifying reports appropriate for the provision of reasonable accommodations.

  • Documentation must be based on DSM-IV criteria and show clear and specific evidence of a disability which would substantially limit access to learning.
  • Documentation should have been completed within the last three years.
  • Medications should be stated if their use or adjustment may have any impact on access to learning. Adjustments in medication may substantially affect learning and attendance.
  • Professionals conducting and rendering diagnosis of a psychological disability must be qualified to do so. Licensed psychologists, licensed neuropsychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed counselors and/or licensed physicians are typically involved in clinical assessment.
  • Diagnostic reports must contain the names, titles, and license information of the evaluator(s), and the dates of evaluation(s).
  • Reports must be submitted on professional letterhead.
  • Documentation should contain recommendations for reasonable accommodations suitable to a postsecondary academic setting.

Specific suggestions to best assist the identified student are also very helpful.