Documentation must substantiate the fact that the condition (disability or chronic medical condition) is present, limiting a major life activity or major bodily function with impacts upon functioning.
ARS utilizes flexibility and discretion in determining how recent documentation must be. Changing conditions and/or changes in how a condition impacts the individual may warrant more recent documentation or periodically updated documentation.
Licensed health care professionals may use the Provider Documentation Form to share documentation with ARS. Generally, sufficient documentation includes detailed documentation from a medical provider or a psychological/psycho-educational evaluation including the below numbered items as a minimum:
Documentation must be typed on office or practice letterhead, dated and signed by a professional who is licensed or certified in the area for which the diagnosis is made. Name, title, and license/certification credentials must be stated and shall not be family members or others with a close personal relationship to the individual.
A diagnostic statement identifying the disability including ICD or DSM classification along with any relevant personal, psychosocial, medical, developmental and/or educational history.
A full description of the diagnostic methodology used, including data and measurements from appropriate evaluation instruments. The results obtained should draw a direct link to the diagnosis and the functional limitations of the disability. For cognitive disorders, evaluations should use adult norms.
A clear description of the level of severity along with the current impact and functional limitations pertaining to the academic and/or residential settings. Information regarding if symptoms are constant or episodic, and the frequency and/or duration should be addressed.
Please also include information about any treatments, medications, and/or assistive devices/services currently prescribed or in use, should include a description of the mediating effects and potential side effects from such treatments.
Recommendations are welcomed and considered, however ARS makes the ultimate determination on eligibility and reasonable academic adjustments necessary to provide equal access for participation in academic courses, programs and activities. Recommendations should be directly linked to the impact or functional limitations associated with the disability, or medication prescribed to control symptoms and include a clear rationale based on level of impairment.
Students requesting an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) as an accommodation, and the licensed professionals providing documentation, should refer to our Animals on Campus page.
As of November 2019, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been asked to investigate websites that purport to provide documentation from a health care provider in support of requests for an ESA. The websites in question offer documentation that is not reliable for purposes of determining whether an individual has a disability or disability-related need for an ESA because the website operators and health care professionals who consult with them lack the personal knowledge that is necessary to make such determinations. Please be aware that ARS neither requires nor recognizes an ESA "license", "registration", "certificate" or "vest" as the basis for establishing the legitimacy of an ESA.
Emotional Support Animal (ESA) documentation should include statements specific to:
Licensed health care professionals may use the Provider Documentation Form to share documentation with ARS.