St. Olaf College Student Accessibility Services Documentation Criteria

A disability is defined as a physical, intellectual, or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. The Student Accessibility Services office at St. Olaf College works with students with disabilities. Complete, current information about the disability from an appropriate third party is often helpful, and may be required depending on the disability and the situation. SAS staff will assist the student in determining what specific third party documentation is needed.

General guidelines for third party documentation:

  • A clear statement of the diagnosed disability including the DSM-IV diagnosis if applicable
  • An educational, developmental, and medical history or a summary of presenting symptoms as it relates to the diagnosis
  • A list of all assessment instruments and relevant scores used to make the diagnosis
  • A description of the functional limitations resulting from the disability
  • A list of the recommended educational accommodations
  • A statement of why the disability qualifies the applicant for accommodations requested
  • Signature and diagnosis made by a qualified professional practicing in the area in which the disability is diagnosed and who is not related to the student
  • Current (General standards are 3 years for ADHD, 5 years for a learning disability, 1 year for a psychiatric disability.)


For questions or more information please contact:
Connie Ford (
Laura Knobel-Piehl (
Student Accessibility Services
St. Olaf College
1520 St. Olaf Avenue
Northfield  MN  55057-1098