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Psychiatric/Emotional Disorders

Psychiatric/emotional disorders include, but are not limited to, depressive disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorders and dissociative disorders.

A diagnosis by a licensed mental health professional including licensed clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists and neurologists is required and must include the professional's license number.  The diagnostician must be impartial and not a family member of the student. Documentation should be current (within the past three(3) to six(6) months).

Documentation should include the following:

1. A clear statement of the disability, including the DSM-IV diagnosis and a summary of present symptoms.

2. Current impact the psychiatric/emotional disability has on the student=s functioning (the age of acceptable documentation is dependent upon the disabling condition, the current status of the student and the student's specific request for accommodations).

3. A summary of assessment procedures and evaluation instruments used to make the diagnosis, including results and standardized scores if applicable.

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

5. A statement of the 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.



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 ADA/504 Review 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 ADA/504 Review Committee.