Along with an online application, the DSS Office will require students to submit additional forms of documentation. Included in this would be documentation from a treating professional. Other forms of supporting documentation may include scores from college entrance exams (ACT/SAT/GRE, etc.), transcripts, as well as verification of previous accommodations (accommodation letters from college entrance exams, IEPs, 504 Plans, letters from previous institutions).
The following Information is to help explain the type of documentation that required to establish a disability.
- A written report from a qualified professional that includes a specific diagnosis should be provided. However, a diagnosis alone does not automatically establish a disability nor indicate what accommodations are appropriate. Because of this, in addition to a diagnosis, an evaluation report should describe specifically how the diagnosis has affected the student in major life activities. The more thorough and detailed the information, the easier it is for DSS to understand the nature and impact of a disability and expedite the application. Incomplete documentation can result in a request for additional information.
- Information from qualified professionals must include their names and titles as well as the date(s) of evaluation. Reports must be legible and preferably typed.
All documentation of disabilities will be kept on file in the DSS Office. No information shared with DSS will be placed in a student's academic file. Information may be shared without written permission in the event of medical emergency, an official court order, or behavior that endangers the health and safety of the student or others.
Loyola Marymount University (LMU) does not conduct diagnostic testing for learning disabilities or ADD/ADHD.
For all disabilities, an individual evaluation by a qualified professional is necessary in establishing a limitation in a major life activity and in determining appropriate accommodation. The type of assessment and/or testing will vary depending on the nature of the disability.
If the nature and impact of current limitations are not clear, additional documentation will most likely be required. A recent assessment and/or testing by a qualified professional can be very helpful in providing the information needed.
Assessment and testing reports are expected to include the following:
- The credentials of the evaluator.
- A diagnostic statement identifying the disability.
- A description of the diagnostic methodology used.
- A description of the current functional limitations.
- A description of the expected progression or stability of the disability.
- A description of current or past accommodations, services, and/or medications.
The DSS Office has developed guidelines for various conditions that students should carefully review and share with their treating professional.
Please note that obtaining an evaluation does not guarantee that you will qualify for accommodations under the ADA or California law.