Submitting Documentation

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Documentation is an important part of the interactive accommodations process:

1. Register with SAS

2. Submit Documentation

3. Schedule to Meet with SAS

Documentation provides external confirmation of a student’s disability (as defined within the ADA Amendments Act) and it helps establish the need for protection from discrimination. It is created by a provider and it helps inform SAS about the nature of the disability. SAS uses this information to make the connection to how the accommodations will help address barriers a student might face.

Documentation can include:

  • Provider completion of the Provider Verification Form (this is the preferred pathway)
  • Letters of support from providers
  • Submission of reports or testing related to the condition

For more information on how to successfully submit documentation to SAS, please visit:

NOTE: Please do not send disability-related documentation to Admissions or Housing. SAS is the central location for this information.

SAS reviews all documentation as part of the interactive accommodations process. Documentation is reviewed on an individual case by case basis, and is reviewed using the relevant review criteria (general documentation or housing-only documentation) for consistency. Documentation helps support and reinforce the student self-report that is taken through the registration (step 1 in the process) and in the meeting with SAS (step 3 in the process).

No, but SAS does take all recommended accommodations into account when determining what accommodations are reasonable for you at UNH. An accommodation can be deemed to be unreasonable when it:

  • Fundamentally alters an essential element of the university's program/activity; and/or
  • Results in an undue financial or administrative burden.

The intent of accommodations is to provide “equal access” and “equal opportunity” for an individual. As for any student, there is no guarantee for success. Adjustments to policies and procedures may be reasonable accommodations as well, e.g., no pets policy.

There are times when documentation will be deemed insufficient to establish the need for accommodations. The goal of having the provider verification form is to help reduce the number of times that might be the case, but no matter what the pathway this can occur. To ensure equity through the process, decisions about whether documentation is insufficient are made using the criteria previously discussed. All documentation should meet the appropriate criteria.

It is ultimately your (the student’s) responsibility to acquire appropriate documentation. It is important that you check to see if your documentation meets our criteria before submitting. Submitting insufficient documentation may result in a delay of approval, and accommodations cannot be implemented retroactively. If your documentation is not sufficient, SAS can help you with finding appropriate documentation. Once new documentation is submitted to SAS, SAS will review the updated documentation using the previous criteria.

No. Documentation should not be sent to SAS via email. If documentation is sent via email, SAS will not open the documentation and the email will be deleted. When this occurs, SAS will send a follow-up email with instructions about how to submit documentation appropriately. Please see the documentation guidelines pages for information on how to submit documentation.