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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. 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:

    • 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
  • Guidelines for documentation related to Psychiatric Disabilities
    Documentation from a current treating provider should be on letterhead, be signed and dated, and:
    • Must state the disability including an Axis diagnosis and/or DSM code
    • Provide support for the diagnosis and how it meets the definition of a person with a disability under the ADA
    • Must describe how this impairment significantly limits a major life activity/activities in general and in an academic setting
    • Should include relevant information relating to the impact of medication and/or treatment on the student’s ability to participate in all aspects of the university environment (classroom, housing/dining, extracurricular activities, etc.)
  • 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 may be approved on a case-by-case basis, and are generally appropriate when a student has received a definitive diagnosis but is waiting for a third-party such as a physician’s office or counselor to submit completed documentation to the Student Accessibility Services office.

Provisional accommodations are available only for the semester in which the request was made and approved. Additional documentation is required to continue accommodations.

Re-admission 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.