STEPS to Register for Services

Office of Student Disability Services, USC Sumter

The Advisement and Counseling Office

Administration Building, Rm 101

(803) 938-3800


Psychiatric Disabilities Guideline (Not learning or ADD/ADHD)

STEP 1: Present to our office documentation from your psychiatrist or doctor (whoever is qualified to diagnose and address your disability). Documentation can be mailed, faxed, or hand-carried. If you mail or fax, please call to make sure it was received. Sometimes things do not make it here.


Guidelines for documentation


  • For psychiatric disabilities, documentation must be 6 months old or less (this requirement follows Educational Testing Service guidelines). Documentation older than 6 months is not acceptable for psychiatric disabilities.

  • Must be typed, on letterhead.

  • Must state qualifications of doctor.

  • Must state the disability including a DSM-IV-TR code. Your doctor will be familiar with this and should also include the date of diagnosis.

  • Must describe how this impairment significantly limits a major life activity/activities in general and in an academic setting.

  • Must include a detailed description of the disability.

  • Must include a DETAILED description of the student’s current condition and how this condition interferes with or impacts the ability to participate in the educational process.

  • If applicable, 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, dorm life) of the academic environment.

  • The doctor should include any recommendations he/she has for appropriate accommodations within the context of the university environment.

Step 2: Go to the Disability Services website.

Print out and submit the Student Intake Form. This will be placed with your documentation.

Step 3: Once adequate documentation AND your Intake Form have been received, a committee will review your file and determine registration status. You will then be NOTIFIED BY MAIL about the next step. If the documentation is adequate, your letter will ask you to set up an intake meeting. If needed, the letter will request additional documentation.

Step 4: Arrive at your intake meeting prepared to talk with a staff member about yourself, your disability, accommodations, and responsibilities in the process.


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