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Psychiatric, Psychological, and Emotional Disorders/Disabilities

Documentation Requirements

Students requesting academic accommodations from the Liberty University Online Office of Disability Academic Support are required to submit a notification of need form. Furthermore, they are required to submit documentation of a disability in order to verify their eligibility under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and ODAS policies. The evaluator’s report must document a disability as defined by the ADA as “a substantial limitation of a major life function.”

Note: Psychiatric, psychological, and emotional disorders/disabilities include, but are not limited to: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Dissociative Disorders, and Mood Disorders.

Currency:  Since any academic accommodations given to a student are based upon the present effect of the disorder/disability on the student, medical documentation used to request accommodations must be no more than 3 years old.

Diagnostician Qualifications: Professionals qualified to diagnose psychiatric, psychological, or emotional disorders must be a licensed mental health professional.  While the list below is not exhaustive, the following professionals are considered qualified:

  1. Clinical Psychologists
  2. Neuropsychologists
  3. Psychiatrists
  4. Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  5. Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

We request that the evaluator completing this assessment be unrelated to the student and that his/her license number be included in the documentation submitted.

Diagnostic Report and Summarization:  The diagnostic report and summary must include, but is not limited to, the following information:

  1. A specific diagnosis based upon the criteria set forth in the DSM-IV and a clinical review (when necessary).
  2. Standard scores or percentiles on any testing given.
  3. Information pertaining to any relevant medical, psychological, educational, or familial history that may affect the student academically, as well as any current information from these areas as well.
  4. A clear, direct statement of any current symptoms limiting the student. Mention should be made of any impact that the student's medication is having on their abilities as well.
  5. Suggestions (from the evaluator) for specific accommodations to be administered on behalf of the student in a postsecondary academic setting that are supported by the student's testing results and subsequent diagnosis.

Other Requirements: This summary must:

  1. Be written on evaluator letterhead.
  2. Be signed and dated by the evaluator.
  3. Include the specific dates of testing.
  4. Include professional credentials.
  5. Include contact information for the evaluator.

Submission Information:

Documentation can be sent to the following:

  • Fax (preferred): 1-800-628-7977, Attention LUO ODAS
  • Email (.pdf attachment complete with signature): luoodas@liberty.edu
  • Address:
    Liberty University Online ODAS
    1971 University Blvd., Campus North
    Lynchburg, VA 24502

Note: Medical Documentation will be reviewed periodically for all current students. Students may be asked to provide updated medical documentation for conditions that may change over time and whose medical documentation is past the required currency at the time of the review. Students are also encouraged to send in medical documentation when changes in their medical condition occur.

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