Office of Student Life

Disability Services

Documentation Guidelines

Disability Services will review and consider all pieces of documentation submitted. Documentation will assist Disability Services in understanding how the disability impacts the student in an academic setting and the current impact of the disability as it relates to the accommodations requested. Reviewing documentation is a collaborative process and is handled on a case-to-case basis. The eligibility determination process is not a same day process. Once documentation is received, it will be reviewed in order of receipt; therefore, it is recommended that documentation be submitted well in advance of any accommodation related needs. Typically, documentation is processed and the student will be notified within three business days of receipt.

NOTE: Students who have readily observable disabilities (e.g. wheelchair user, white cane user, arm in sling) do not need to submit documentation. Instead, we ask that you contact the office at 614-292-3307, or stop by the office during walk-in hours, to schedule a Welcome Meeting.

There are multiple ways to provide Disability Services with documentation of your disability. Documentation should provide proof of diagnosis and/or prior accommodations. Students should submit at least one of the following:

  • IEP/504 plan
  • Full evaluation/diagnostic report (e.g. ETR, MFE)
  • Accommodation letter from previous postsecondary institution
  • Medical records / patient portal diagnostic summary
  • Letter from a healthcare professional, on letterhead, which confirms a diagnosis.
  • Disability Services Verification Form (Must be completed by a healthcare professional.)

The following information is helpful, but not required, in order to determine the best possible accommodations and supports:

  • Severity of the disorder (mild/moderate/severe)
  • Medication or treatment currently prescribed
  • Recommended accommodations that may assist the student in minimizing the impact of the condition in an academic setting.

Temporary/Provisional Accommodations

Students with temporary injuries, such as a broken leg/arm, concussion, or surgery recovery can register with and receive services through Disability Services on a temporary basis. Temporary students do not need to follow the formal registration process. Instead, students should visit or contact our office and ask to speak with an Access Specialist about registering for a temporary injury.

In unique situations, provisional accommodations may be approved for students who can provide evidence of actively engaging in the diagnostic process. These provisional accommodations are typically approved for 1 semester, and may later be approved on a permanent basis upon receipt of appropriate documentation.


If you would like to discuss the documentation review process, you may speak with a Disability Services Access Specialist so that your questions and concerns can be addressed. See our Contact Us page.


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