Documentation Procedure:
Psychiatric / Emotional

Students who are seeking support services from North Idaho College on the basis of a psychiatric disability will be required to submit documentation to verify eligibility. Documentation of disability and related information will be kept in a separate file in CEA. The cost and responsibility for providing this documentation shall be borne by the student.

For the purpose of this policy, a psychological / psychiatric disability is defined as an impairment of cognitive, learning and / or social functioning caused by a disorder as described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4 th edition (DSM IV) or successive editions. The disorders of concern here are those which create a significant barrier to the students ability to succeed at the college.

Documentation should show current impact of the disability. The following guidelines are provided in the interest of assuring that the evaluation and report are appropriate for documenting eligibility and identifying reasonable accommodations. The report must be prepared by an appropriately trained and credentialed professional (licensed psychiatrist, psychologist, neuro-psychologist etc…). The documentation should include the following:

  1. the nature, severity, and effect of the disability.
  2. the diagnosis in the nomenclature used by the DSM IV or successive editions.
  3. barriers which may arise for the student in the college environment (e.g. ability to focus, organize one's time, attend class, work in groups or alone, anxiety level, behavioral issues etc.)
  4. any medication that is part of the treatment plan, with descriptions of any side effects that may interfere with the academic processes.

Suggestions of reasonable accommodations with supporting evidence is encouraged. Any exceptions of the above criteria and the final determination for providing appropriate and reasonable accommodations rests with the CEA Coordinator.