Documentation of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)
Students seeking support services from Saint Martin's
University on the basis of AD/HD are required to submit
documentation to verify eligibility. Documentation of AD/HD
consists of professional testing and evaluation, and a
written report that addresses a student's specific academic needs.
The cost and responsibility for providing this professional evaluation
shall be borne by the student.
The following guidelines are provided to assure the report is appropriate for documenting eligibility.
Documentation presented to the Office of Disability Support Services
will remain in a private confidential file in the Office of Disability
Support Services. The Disability Support Services coordinator is
available to consult with diagnosticians regarding these guidelines.
The report should be:
Prepared by a professional
This professional must be qualified to diagnose AD/HD
such as a licensed psychiatrist, psychologist or physician.
Experience in evaluating adults with AD/HD is essential.
The use of a single test and/or informal screening instruments is not acceptable
for the purpose of diagnosis. Written reports should be consistent with the
diagnostic criteria found in the American Psychological Association:
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition
(DSM-IV) or the DSM-IV-TR (Text Revision). A battery of psychological
tests and behavior rating scales, a
thorough social and educational history, and interviews with the student and
family are essential. Current research
states that paper and pencil tests commonly used to diagnose learning
disabilities are not definitive for
diagnosing AD/HD, but they do serve to
alert the examiner to possible
The report should be on professional letterhead, signed by the
individual making the diagnosis, and include the following information:
How long the diagnostician has treated the student and the date of last
Instruments and/or procedures used to diagnose;
Current symptoms, which satisfy the DSM-IV or DSM-IV-TR criteria and the
approximate date of onset;
DSM-IV or DSM-IV-TR diagnosis;
Treatment being used (e.g. medication, counseling, etc);
How this disorder impacts the student in the post-secondary environment;
Diagnostician’s name, title, license number, address, and phone number.
In most cases, this means within the
past three years
and/or the assessment was completed when
the individual was an adult (age 18).
Since assessment constitutes the basis
for determining reasonable
accommodation, it is in a student’s best
interest to provide recent and
appropriate documentation to serve as the basis for decision-making
about the student’s need for
accommodations in an academically
- Clear and present specific evidence
The evidence identifies the
individual’s present level of
functioning and how the student’s
education may be impacted.
- Filled with
The data should support
the particular academic adjustment(s)
requested. The documentation should
demonstrate the individual has a
disability in accordance with the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation
Act of 1973. Requests, which are not
supported by documentation, may not be
approved without additional verification.