UNH Documentation Guidelines

Recognizing the unique nature of disabilities and their impact on an individual, the documentation guidelines to the left outline the information a student will need to submit in order to be considered for services and accommodations.  This documentation is to be submitted directly to Disability Services for Students via Clockwork by admitted or enrolled UNH students.  Depending on the time of the semester, the completed review process may take several weeks. Once the review is complete, students will receive an e-mail to their UNH account outlining next steps.  For incoming freshman a hard copy letter will also be sent to their home address.

All documentation is to be typed on letterhead stationery, dated, and signed by an appropriate diagnostician.  The diagnostician ought to be impartial and not a family member.  The documentation must include a clear statement that a disability does or does not exist; terms such as “appears,” “probable,” and “suggests” in the diagnostic summary statement do not support a conclusive diagnosis.  Appropriate documentation reflects a student's historical and current level of functioning, describes what substantial impact/limitations the student experiences due to the disability, and includes a diagnostic statement.  Please note that a limitation in only one area (i.e. Testing) is not a disability.  Specific guidelines for documentation are listed in the links to the left.

If the student is determined to be an eligible student with a disability, the student will receive information specifying how to create an appointment through Clockwork to complete the registration process, learn of the accommodations they are eligible for and learn about UNH policy and procedure specific to those accommodations.

If the materials provided lack sufficient information or if there is conflicting data/test scores the student will be informed what additional information, if any, is needed. In addition, the student may be referred to academic supports and resources available to all students at UNH.

If information fails to establish the existence of a disability the student will receive information detailing specifically why this determination was made and information on the option of providing further documentation which establishes a diagnosis. In addition, the student may be referred to academic supports and resources available to all students at UNH.

The University of New Hampshire is committed to providing appropriate accommodations and services to students with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 including changes made by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.  Contact the Affirmative Action and Equity Office, Section 504/ADA Compliance Officer (603-862-2930 voice/tty) if you believe your rights have been violated.