Psychiatric/Psychological Disabilities

Includes but is not limited to

Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Complusive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Disassociative Disorder, Autism, Aspergers, Pervasive Developmental Disorder

Statement of Disability

The assessment must contain a clear written statement that a psychological diagnosis/disability is present. The diagnostic report should include specific recommendations for accommodations as well as an explanation as to why each accommodation is recommended.

Diagnostic Report

The decision to provide services will be determined from a written diagnostic report based upon the following guidelines. The documentation must identify a specific psychological diagnosis by DSM criteria and present symptoms. The diagnostic report must contain:

  • Summary of assessment procedures and evaluation instruments used to make the diagnosis and a summary of evaluation results, including standardized or percentile scores
  • Medical information relating to the student's needs should include the impact of medication on the student's ability to meet the demands of the postsecondary environment.

Professional Evaluator

The diagnostic assessment must be completed by a licensed psychiatrist, psychologist, licensed clinical social worker (LICSW), or neurologist.

Date of Assessment

The diagnostic assessment must have been completed within the past five years and must be updated if changes occur while the student is enrolled at Macalester in order to insure provision of appropriate services.

Reminder

Documentation must be received by the Assistant Dean of Students before accommodations can be made. Please contact the Office of Student Affairs (651-696-6220) as soon as possible to avoid a delay in securing services.