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Students requesting support services and/or academic accommodations from Washington & Jefferson College are required to submit supporting disability documentation to the disability services office.  Students are encouraged to keep copies of this documentation for their own records.  Supporting documentation is required to verify eligibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and applicable state and federal laws and W&J policies.  The student is responsible for obtaining necessary documentation.  An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 Plan is not sufficient documentation.


The documentation must provide a specific diagnosis with clear evidence to the nature of the impairment/disability, its expected duration, and appropriate accommodations.  Vague terminology, such as "learning differences," does not constitute a diagnosis. Professionals that may provide supporting documentation include clinical/school/neuro-psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, counselors, and learning disability specialists.  The diagnostician cannot be a family member. DSM-IV stands for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, recent edition. Submission of documentation is not the same as a request for services.