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The Office of Accessibility Resources and Services invites students who request reasonable accommodations to meet with an accessibility specialist to discuss their past use of accommodations and any disability-related barriers they anticipate or are experiencing at Bethel.

Documentation of a diagnosis is required to establish accommodations. These include medical records, psychoeducational testing, and school records (e.g., IEP, 504). The provided documentation must provide a statement of the student's specific diagnosis. All documentation provided to OARS is secure and will only be shared on a need-to-know basis with staff/faculty in order to effectively facilitate accommodations. In addition, a student may choose to self disclose a diagnosis/disability with staff or faculty as they choose.

Bethel University has the right to deny a request for accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary services if the documentation demonstrates that they are not warranted or if a student fails to provide appropriate documentation.

Documentation Checklist

  • The evaluator of the diagnosis holds the professional qualifications in an appropriate field. (e.g., psychology, psychiatry, MD, NP, PA.)
  • The documentation is on the professional letterhead of the clinician or institution issuing it and includes their contact information.
  • For some accommodation requests, the documentation must provide specific recommendations and rationale for needed accommodations. (ie.g., housing, parking, dietary, and emotional support animals).
  • The Documentation of Dietary Diagnosis Guidelines should be followed for dietary accommodations.