Documentation Guidelines

Why Does ANU Need Documentation?

AccessibleNU staff and students work together via an interactive process to determine appropriate academic accommodations. The process works best when AccessibleNU staff has the opportunity to review documentation prior to an initial meeting. The most beneficial documentation:

  • has been completed by a licensed professional unrelated to the student
  • references a diagnosis of their condition
  • defines the functional limitations they will experience in an academic environment
  • describes appropriate academic accommodations

Documentation Guidelines by Type of Condition

Critical Information About Documentation

Documentation is not intended to put a student in the position of proving their disability and is less needed when a student's condition is apparent. 

Documentation will not become part of the student's educational records and will be kept in the student's confidential file at AccessibleNU.

It is important to remember that:

  • A diagnosis of a disorder, condition, or syndrome in alone does not automatically qualify an individual for accommodations
  • The condition must have a significant, adverse impact on the student's functioning in order to qualify for accommodations
  • If a student's documentation is unclear, it may be referred to other professionals on campus for review and recommendation
  • Additional information may be requested to verify a student's condition or to substantiate particular accommodation requests especially when a student is not able to clarify the need for a particular accommodation