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Past Drug Addiction/Alcoholism

Professionals who are qualified for diagnosing, treating and providing documentation for individuals who have been rehabilitated for drug addiction or are under treatment for alcoholism include physicians with a specialty in addiction, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and licensed mental health professionals or state health department certified addiction counselors who are supervised by psychologists or psychiatrists.  The diagnostician must be impartial and not a family member of the student.


University of New Haven Substance Abuse Policy

In compliance with all federal, state and local laws, the University of New Haven prohibits the possession, manufacture, sale, distribution, unlawful use/abuse of any and all controlled substances and drugs.  The University of New Haven also abides by and enforces Connecticut state laws regarding alcohol which state that only persons 21 years of age or older may buy, deliver, consume, possess, or transport alcoholic beverages. (Section X A.2 University of New Haven Student Handbook)


Documentation should include the following:

1. Rehabilitated Drug Use: A clear statement of successful completion of a supervised drug rehabilitation program with the DSM-IV/V diagnosis.  A dated statement attesting to the compliance with appropriate post-rehabilitation treatment (the age of acceptable documentation is dependent upon the disabling condition, the current status of the student and the student's request for accommodation(s).

   Alcoholism: A clear statement of the disability, including the DSM-IV/V diagnosis and a summary of present symptoms.

2. A summary of assessment procedures and evaluation instruments used to make the diagnosis.

3. A summary of qualitative and quantitative information that supports the diagnosis.

4. Medical information relating to the student's needs including functional limitation and the impact of medication on the student's ability to meet the demands of the postsecondary learning environment.

5. A statement of current functional impact or limitations of the disability on learning or other major life activities and the degree to which it impacts the individual in the learning context for which accommodations are being requested.

6.  Documentation for eligibility must reflect current impact of the former drug addiction and/or alcoholism on the student's functioning.

The Rights of the University and the Campus Access Services Office

The University of New Haven reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of documentation submitted and requests for accommodation(s) on a case-by-case basis, using the professional judgment of the Campus Access Services staff and/or theHousing/Dining/Parking Modification Committee. Additional information may be requested to determine eligibility.

Relevant information regarding the student's disability may be shared those who have a legitimate educational interest.

Diagnostic information regarding the student's disability may be shared with the Housing/Dining/Parking Modification Committee.