Cumberland University

Documentation Requirements

Before a student may file for academic adjustments, documentation of the disability should be provided. Documentation should be as current as possible and furnished by a qualified professional who is licensed or certified to diagnose the disability in question. An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) from high school is a valuable resource of information as well.  As much information about the disability as possible should be provided, including:

  • date of assessment and diagnosis

  • current functional impact of the disability and limitations of the disorder on the student’s academic performance

  • treatments or medications in current use

  • estimated effectiveness of treatments or medications in lessening the impact of the disability

  • expected duration, stability or progression of the condition

  • clinical summary of the procedures and instruments used to make the diagnosis, to include a diagnostic interview as well as testing results

  • specific recommended academic accommodations for the condition with a rationale for each recommendation

  • for psychiatric disabilities, a complete DSM-IV-TR diagnosis in multiaxial format, current symptoms that meet the diagnosis, assessment procedures, and evaluation instruments and results in addition to all of the above

The disability must be a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. A qualified individual with a disability must satisfy the requisite skill, experience, education, and other program-related requirements and can perform, with or without reasonable adjustments, the essential requirements of such a program.

The student will be asked to sign an Authorization for Release and Exchange of Information Form if they desire contact between the Disability Services and their healthcare provider for any reason.

Documentation can be submitted via:

  • regular mail to the Director of Counseling and Disability Services, One Cumberland  Square, Lebanon, TN  37087,

  • Fax to (615) 453-6368 (confidential direct line to Disability Services)

  • Scan and e-mail to