1. Verification of Physical Disabilities
If accommodations are necessary, a student with a physical disability must provide professional verification that is certified by a licensed physician, psychologist, audiologist, speech pathologist, rehabilitation counselor, physical therapist, occupational therapist or other professional health care provider who is qualified to diagnose a particular disability. The verification should reflect the student's present level of functioning in the major life activity affected by the disability. The student should also provide current verification and documentation to the Medical Director of Bucknell Student Health and to the appropriate Associate Dean of their college.
2. Verification of Learning and Other Disabilities
If accommodations are requested, a student with a learning disability must provide professional testing and evaluation results (current) that reflect the individual’s present level of processing information and achievement level. The assessment should provide data that will support requests for any type of academic adjustment. The student should also provide current verification documentation of the disability to the Associate Dean of their college (see footnote 2).
Documentation verifying the disability must
(A) Be prepared by a professional who is qualified to diagnose the disability, including, but not limited to, a learning disability specialist, a psychologist, or an educational psychologist.
(B) Include the testing procedures followed, the instruments used to assess the disability, the test results, and a written interpretation of the test results by the professional, along with recommendations for accommodations.
(C) Reflect the individual’s present level of functioning in the achievement areas of mathematical calculation and reasoning, reading comprehension, reading rate, written expression, writing mechanics and vocabulary, grammar, and spelling.
(D) Reflect the individual’s present level of functioning in the areas of intelligence, processing skills, and neuromotor functioning.
3. Verification of Temporary Disabilities
Students seeking accommodations on the basis of a temporary disability must provide documentation verifying the nature of the condition, stating the expected duration of the condition, with a description of the accommodations that are deemed necessary. A professional health care provider who is qualified in the diagnosis of such conditions should provide this verification. The assessment or verification of the disability must reflect the present level of the student's disability and it shall be no older than 60 days (see footnote 2). Depending upon the nature of the temporary disability, the verification documentation should be provided to the Medical Director of Bucknell Student Health, the Director of the Counseling and Student Development Center, or the Associate Dean of their college.
4. Unresolved Differences
Students who feel that they have not received adequate or appropriate accommodations or faculty who are not satisfied with their accommodations should bring these concerns to the attention of the Associate Dean of their college. In the case of a non-academic concern, contact the Associate Dean of Students of the University.
1. Adapted with permission from the University of Houston Law Center Handbook for Students and Applicants with Disabilities, August 1993.
2. If the initial verification is not complete or inadequate to be used to determine the extent of a disability and the need for appropriate accommodations, the Associate Dean of the college shall have the discretion to request a supplemental assessment of the disability. The cost of the supplemental assessment shall be borne by the student.
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