Dominican University is a member of the Association of Higher Education and Disabilities (AHEAD) and follows their best practices recommendations on appropriate documentation.
The Disability Access and Accommodations Office recommends that all students provide documentation that can either verify a diagnosis and/or enhance the information available when assessing each situation. While documentation is recommended, Disability Access and Accommodations recognizes that barriers exist and can create hardship for students with regard to having and presenting documentation, thus the Disability Access and Accommodations office encourages students to meet with the Disability Access and Accommodations professional staff without the need for documentation in hand at the time of the first conversation. Determinations on individual documentation needs will be made during the initial meeting with the student.
It should be noted that documentation policies differ from one institution to another. The Disability Access and Accommodations office documentation policy is designed to fit the Dominican University campus climate and does not consider documentation requirements external to Dominican University. If a student will attend another institution after attending Dominican University or take a standardized test (GRE, MCAT, STEP PANCE etc.) administered by an outside agency, the student is responsible for researching those documentation policies and should investigate requirements at least six months prior to an anticipated start date or test date. Due to these documentation differences and depending on the student's documentation on file with the Disability Access and Accommodations office, it may not be appropriate for Disability Access and Accommodations staff to complete the required supporting paperwork to certify eligibility for standardized testing. In such cases, the staff member will explain the reasons why completing the supporting paperwork is not appropriate."