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Psychiatric Disability Requirements

Students requesting accommodations under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 must provide documentation of the existence of a psychiatric disability which substantially limits a major life activity. Documentation must include, but not be limited to the following:

Currency of Documentation
Documentation must be current, provided within the past year, by a licensed psychiatrist, psychologist or social worker with appropriate competencies related to the student's diagnosis(es). The name and professional credentials of the evaluator will be indicated including license number.

DSM-IV Diagnosis
A complete DSM-IV diagnosis must be provided with an accompanying description of the specific symptoms the student experiences. This diagnosis should be based upon a comprehensive clinical interview and psychological testing (when testing is clinically appropriate). A comprehensive clinical interview meets mental health service provider standards of care in length (50 min.) and focus (complete developmental, family, psychiatric, medical history, mental status exam).

Impact on Academic Functioning
A complete description of the impact on academic functioning of the student's psychiatric symptoms must be provided. Descriptions of impact upon study skills, classroom behavior, test-taking, and organizing research would be examples of academic functioning.

Recommendations for Academic Accommodations
Recommendations for academic accommodations must be based upon both #2 and #3 above. Academic accommodations which are recommended must be related to the diagnostic information and its impact upon student functioning.

Please forward this information, marked confidential, to:
Lorraine N. Lalli,
Assistant Dean of Students
Roger Williams University School of Law
10 Metacom Avenue
Bristol, RI  02809
Phone: (401) 254-4593
Fax: (401) 254-5359