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Guidelines for Documenting Accommodation Requests

A student with a disability wishing to receive academic accommodations must present current documentation denoting the disability and the need for accommodations to the Office of Accommodative Disability Services. This documentation must be provided and approved before any reasonable accommodations can be made. The cost of obtaining any documentation will be borne by the student.  Documentation will be approved if it meets institutional criteria based on best practices pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

Quality documentation includes the following parameters:

  1. Signed by an appropriate licensed or properly credentialed professional.
  2. A clear diagnostic statement identifying the disability.
  3. A description of the diagnostic methodology, clinical narrative, specific results.
  4. A description of current functional limitations.
  5. A description of expected progression or stability of the disability.
  6. A description of current and past accommodations, services and/or medications.
  7. Recommendation for accommodations, adaptive devices,assistive services.

If you have a specific learning disability, documentation should include ADULT test scores (I.Q. and achievement) and a complete psychological report. A school plan such as an individualized education plan (IEP) or a 504 plan is insufficient documentation alone, but it can be included as part of a more comprehensive assessment battery.

After forwarding documentation, a student should schedule an appointment to meet with the Director of Accommodative Disability Services to discuss and sign a reasonable plan. Accommodations will be determined on an individual basis, with consideration given to the student's documentation, opportunity for academic access, and the essential eligibility requirements of the program of study.  Entering freshman and transfer students are encouraged to meet with the Director during summer or winter orientation.

Documentation should be forwarded to:

SUNY Canton
Office of Accommodative Disability Services

Attention: Veigh Mehan Lee, Director
34 Cornell Drive
Campus Center 233
Canton, NY 13617
Phone: (315) 386-7392
Fax: (315) 379-3877


Accommodative Disability Services
SUNY Canton
34 Cornell Drive
Canton, NY 13617

Campus Center 235