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Documentation Guidelines for Accommodation Requests

Mars Hill University students who are requesting timely, reasonable accommodations on the basis of a declared, documented disability are required to submit documentation to verify eligibility under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Protection under these laws is based upon professional documentation of a disability that currently and substantially limits one or more major life activities relative to the general population.

 Students requesting accommodations have the responsibility of assuring that their documentation meets the following guidelines:

1. Documentation must come from a qualified professional. The general expectation is that evaluators have degrees in their profession and are fully trained, certified, and/or licensed in their profession.
2. Documentation must be typed on official letterhead and must include the names, titles, and professional credential of the evaluators.
3. Documentation must include evidence of substantial current functional limitation(s) to learning or living on a university campus.
4. Documentation should include a written summary of the background information about the student’s relevant educational and medical histories that relate to the disability.
5. Testing and/or documentation must be current enough and/or sufficient to justify the request for services.
6. Specific recommendations for accommodations must be included as part of the documentation.
7. In the case of a learning disability, a psychological evaluation and standardized test scores must be provided.

Note: Documentation must meet the university’s documentation guidelines and must be submitted to the Disability Services Coordinator before an accommodation request can be evaluated and approved.  Approved accommodations cannot be retroactive.