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Documentation Guidelines

Students who wish to be considered for reasonable accommodations must submit current documentation (i.e., medical/educational/diagnostic reports) from licensed physicians, psychologists, or other qualified professionals as well as supporting historical records and materials.  School plans such as  IEPs or 504 Plans are helpful, but do not substitute for complete and current documentation. 

Documentation guidelines are provided in the interest of assuring that documentation is complete and supports requested accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids as being necessary.  A diagnosis of a disorder/impairment alone does not qualify an individual for an accommodation under applicable federal laws.

For the purpose of receiving consideration for reasonable accommodations at Duke University, an individual must have an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

Guidelines are available for:

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Acquired Traumatic Brain Injury

Blindness and Low Vision

Deafness and Hard of Hearing 

Learning Disabilities 

Mobility and Chronic Health 

Psychological (including Autism Spectrum Disorders)

Temporary Medical Conditions

It is the responsibility of the student to obtain documentation and present a copy to the Student Disability Access Office.  Correspondence regarding adequacy of the documentation will be sent to the student. When requested, it is also the student’s responsibility to obtain additional records and/or evaluation/testing data.

Please be aware that Duke University reserves the right to determine if a condition or diagnosis rises to the level of a disability under applicable federal laws and decide what constitutes necessary accommodations according to the documented nature of the disability as well as the fundamental nature of the program. 

Documentation should be sent to the attention of the Director, Student Disability Access Office, Box 90142, Durham, NC 27708.

Questions concerning documentation should be directed to the Director of the Student Disability Access Office at (919) 668-1267or