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CSULB Verification of Disability Policy

Authority to Determine Disability Status

The campus director (or designee) of Disabled Student Services (DSS) shall have the ultimate authority to determine disability status, and the decision shall be subject to the provisions below and to establish appeal procedures.

Verification of Evident Disability

The campus director (or designee) of the DSS has the authority to verify a disability if the nature and extent of the disability is evident.

Documentation of Disability/Qualification of Individuals

In those cases where the director (or designee) of the program for services to students with disabilities is unable to verify the disability, the student shall provide appropriate documentation from a verifying professional qualified to assess the nature and extent of the disability. Verification may require documentation from:

  • A professional qualified to assess the nature and extent of the disability
  • A recognized and reliable source that provides appropriate standards in the applicable field

Documentation may be provided by a licensed physician, psychologist, audiologist, or a speech pathologist.

Documentation may also be accepted from a licensed clinical social worker, rehabilitation counselor, marriage and family therapist, learning disability specialist, or other appropriate certified/licensed professional.

Transfer Students with Disability Status

A student who has transferred as a student with a disability and received services from a California community college, the University of California, or any other regionally accredited postsecondary institution may be eligible for academic accommodations or support services at a California State University campus if appropriate documentation is received verifying the disability by the criteria used by the CSU. The campus director (or designee) of the DSS shall have ultimately authority to determine disability status, subject to established appeal procedures.

Student Appeal

Students may appeal provision of services based on verification of a disability based on existing grievance processes.