Documentation Guidelines

UCSF Student Disability Services requires students to provide the following documentation by a licensed professional before providing accommodations:

  • diagnosis of condition
  • definition of the functional limitations the student will experience in an academic and/or clinical environment
  • recommendation for reasonable accommodations

Such documentation assists SDS in providing the most appropriate and reasonable accommodations and support.

The documentation provided by the student is considered confidential in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Please read the FERPA language carefully, as there are instances when student documentation must be released without consent.

Documentation Guidelines by Type of Condition

UCSF students are required to present documentation related to a variety of disabilities and other conditions requiring accommodation. Please follow the links below for guidelines on these condition types:

Learning Disabilities
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Psychological Conditions
Emotional Support Animals
Medical or Physical
Sensory Impairments
Autism Spectrum Disorder

Documentation that does not meet all of the listed standards may still be considered sufficient for the student to receive limited accommodations, when the documentation is submitted together with evidence of an uninterrupted period of accommodations from another academic institution.

Note that board and licensing agencies frequently require more extensive documentation than the level required by SDS for accommodations. It is important to check with each testing agency for specific documentation requirements so that there will be time to obtain additional testing if needed.

If there are any questions as to where your condition may be included, please contact SDS directly.