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Overview of Documentation Requirements
USC Lancaster Office of Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services at USC Lancaster operates under the provisions of the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Elementary, middle, and high schools operate under the
provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  The primary differences students will encounter when attending college are:

  1. In college, students must self-identify as having a disability and must provide adequatedocumentation of that disability.
  2. Evaluation and documentation of a student’s disability are the student’s responsibility and are done at the student’s expense.
  3. Students are responsible for advocating for themselves and ensuring that their accommodations plan is suitable for their needs.

Documentation requirements vary depending on the disability.  Documentation requirements for the most common disabilities are as follows:

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

  1. Documentation of a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD from a medical doctor and a psychologist or other appropriately credentialed psychoeducational professional.
  2. Documentation must be three years old or less.
  3. Documentation must be typed on letterhead.
  4. Documentation must include a specific DSM-IV diagnosis.
  5. Documentation must include a detailed description of how this impairment significantly limits a major life activity in an academic setting.
  6. Documentation must list any medications for ADD/ADHD and how they affect the student.
  7. Documentation must include results from specific cognitive and achievement tests.

Learning Disabilities

  1. Documentation must be from a psychologist or other appropriately credentialed psychoeducational professional.
  2. Documentation must be three years old or less.
  3. Documentation must be typed on letterhead.
  4. Documentation must include a summary portion of a comprehensive interview.
  5. Documentation must include results from specific cognitive and achievement tests. Documentation must include a detailed description of how this impairment significantly limits a major life activity in an academic setting.
  6. Documentation should include a DSM-IV code.
  7. Documentation should include a description of the severity and longevity of the condition.
  8. Documentation should include a report of explanations for academic problems that were ruled out, such as emotional problems, poor study skills, etc.

Psychological/Psychiatric Disabilities

  1. Documentation must be from a psychiatrist, psychologist, or other practitioner who is qualified to diagnose and treat the disability.
  2. Documentation must be six months old or less.
  3. Documentation must be typed on letterhead.
  4. Documentation must state the qualifications of the diagnosing practitioner.
  5. Documentation must include a DSM-IV code and the date of diagnosis.
  6. Documentation must describe how this impairment significantly limits a major life activity/activities in general, and activities in an academic setting.
  7. Documentation must include a detailed description of the student’s disability and how the student’s current condition interferes with or impacts the student’s ability to participate in the educational process.

Physical Disabilities (includes neurological disorders)

  1. Documentation must be 3 years old or less.
  2. Documentation must be typed on letterhead.
  3. Documentation must state qualifications of doctor.
  4. Documentation must include a detailed description of the disability, including a PDR# or a DSM IV code. It should also include the date of the diagnosis.
  5. Documentation must include a detailed description of how the disability affects the student and how the condition interferes with or impacts the ability to participate in the educational process.
  6. If applicable, documentation should include medical information relating to the impact of medication and/or treatment on the student's ability to participate in all aspects (classroom, extracurricular activities) of the academic environment.
  7. Documentation should include any recommendations the physician may have for appropriate accommodations within the context of the university environment.

Other information on Admissions/Financial Aid requirements:

  1. Incoming freshmen must have a diploma or GED.
  2. Incoming freshmen must take the SAT or ACT. No minimum score is required.
  3. LIFE scholarship requires a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. There is no minimum SAT or class rank requirement at USC Lancaster to qualify for LIFE Scholarship.
  4. Lottery Tuition Assistance is available at USC Lancaster. Students with a 2.0 GPA who have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may qualify.

Contact Information
For questions about disability services contact the Office of Disability Services at (803) 313-7448 or by email at lancods@mailbox.sc.edu. Records may be mailed to P.O. Box 889, Lancaster, SC 29721, or faxed to (803) 313-7468, Attention: Disability Coordinator. 

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