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Guidelines

Access Guidelines

Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis.  There are no accommodations that are automatically appropriate for certain disabilities or diagnoses; a trained access consultant will help determine appropriate accommodations based on the student Welcome Meeting and any supportive documentation.

Students meet one-on-one with an access consultant at Student Accessibility Services who will compile information about their disability and, when appropriate, work with them to develop a plan for accommodations.  Students must be “otherwise qualified” to attend Clemson University; admission to Clemson as a degree-seeking student satisfies this guideline. There are not separate admissions procedures for students with disabilities. Third-party documentation may be requested regarding the disability or diagnosis.

Documentation Guidelines

Where third-party documentation is requested to support accommodations, we are looking for the following characteristics relative to disability categories:

  • ADD/ADHD
    • A clear diagnostic statement on letterhead from a professional who is qualified to diagnose ADHD
    • An indication of how the professional arrived at the diagnosis (clinical interview, medical history, continuous performance assessment, psychological assessment, behavior rating scales, etc.)
    • Treatment plan and prognosis
    • An indication of how the disability affects the student in an academic environment


    Other sources that may help support accommodations for an ADHD diagnosis include:

    • A 504 Plan or IEP from high school
    • Documentation of a medical history of ADHD diagnosis
    • Evidence of accommodations received in high school
    • Evidence of accommodations received at another post-secondary institution
    • Evidence of accommodations received on standardized testing

    Note: These ADD/ADHD guidelines pertain only to Student Accessibility Services at Clemson University and assist in the determination of appropriate academic accommodations. Physicians at Clemson have their own guidelines that determine whether or not they will prescribe medication for ADHD.  Students seeking prescriptions for medication should make an appointment at Redfern Health Services.

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
    • Diagnosis from a psychologist, psychiatrist, developmental pediatrician, child neurologist qualified to diagnose ASD
    • Evidence of a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation
    • Assessment data, interpretation of data, history, and observations
    • Historical perspective of academic adjustments
  • Deaf/HOH
    • Diagnosis using medical criteria
    • Test data, interpretation of data, history, and observations
  • Medical/Health Conditions
    • Diagnosis using medical criteria
    • Test data, interpretation of data, history, and observations
    • Preferably not discharge paperwork from an ER or doctor’s office
  • Psychological Disorders
    • Diagnosis using DSM-V criteria
    • Assessment data, interpretation of data, history, and observations
    • Evidence of ongoing participation in a therapeutic process
  • Temporary Medical Issues
    • Diagnosis using medical criteria
    • Test data, interpretation of data, history, and observations
    • May sometimes be discharge paperwork from an ER or doctor’s office


    To access temporary parking and travel options visit Clemson University’s Parking Services.

  • Traumatic/Acquired Brain Injury
    • General assessment of cognitive abilities
    • Specific information, including processing speed and memory regarding levels of functioning and limitations in all affected areas i.e. communication, vision, hearing, mobility, psychological and neurological
    • Analysis of educational achievement skills and limitations in reading comprehension, written language, spelling and mathematical skills

    NOTE: A concussion is the mildest form of brain injury, but can result in some need for potential academic adjustments.

  • Visual Impairments
    • Diagnosis using medical criteria
    • Test data, interpretation of data, history, and observations

Provisional Accommodations

Provisional accommodations are meant to allow students to “test” the effectiveness of approved accommodations while awaiting the results and recommendations of a medical or psychological evaluation.

  1. Provisional accommodations are in-class accommodations that are identified by an accessibility consultant in partnership with a student and are usually based on a self-reported diagnosis or outdated documentation.
  2. PROVISIONAL ACCOMMODATIONS ARE available for only the ONE (1) semester in which the request is made. Appropriate documentation is needed for continued accommodations.

Readmission Guidelines

How to apply for readmission following academic suspension/dismissal or medical withdrawal

If you were previously enrolled as a degree-seeking student at Clemson but are not enrolled in the current term, you are classified as a former student. You need to submit an application to the Registrar’s Office for readmission. See: Application and procedures for re-enrollment of former undergraduate or graduate students.

How to reinstate Student Accessibility Services accommodations

  • Upon receiving your re-entrance acceptance letter and registration materials from the Registrar’s Office, contact Student Accessibility Services. An appointment with an accessibility specialist is needed to reinstate Student Accessibility Services accommodations.
  • Depending on the diagnosed disability and/or reason for withdrawal, you might need to provide Student Accessibility Services with updated documentation.
  • If requesting University housing accommodations, be sure to complete the University housing online application prior to completing the Student Accessibility Services housing form.