Disability & Access Center

WHAT DOCUMENTATION DO I NEED

CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT

All contact information and documentation received in Disabled Student Services is kept separate and confidential in files within the office. Disabled Student Services will not release information about accommodations or documentation without written consent by the student.


In order to fully evaluate requests for accommodations, Disabled Student Services requests documentation of the disability that consists of an evaluation by an appropriate professional that describes the current impact of the disability as it relates to the accommodation(s) requested.

The guidelines below were developed to assist you in working with your treating professional(s) to prepare the information needed to evaluate your request. If, after reading these guidelines, you have any questions, please contact Disabled Student Services at (615) 898-2783. Video relay service: (615) 410-4033 or 1-888-398-4892.


PLEASE REFER TO THE FOLLOWING RESOURCES FOR DOCUMENTATION GUIDELINES:

General Guidelines to Document a Disability: http://www.mtsu.edu/dssemail/forms.php

WHO IS QUALIFIED TO PROVIDE INFORMATION REGARDING A STUDENT'S DISABILITY?

  1. Professionals conducting assessments, rendering diagnoses of specific disabilities and making recommendations for appropriate accommodations must be qualified to do so.
  2. Comprehensive training with regard to the specific disability being addressed and direct experience with an adolescent and/or adult population are essential.
  3. Providers/evaluators must be impartial individuals who are not family members of the student.
  4. The name, title, and professional credential of the provider/evaluator, including information about license or certification, the area of specialization, employment and state/province in which the individual practices should be clearly stated in the documentation.
  5. Examples may include: Neurologists; Psychiatrists; Psychologists; Medical Doctors; Ophthalmologists; Optometrists; Audiologists; or other medical specialist with experience and expertise in the area for which accommodations are being requested.

DID YOU HAVE AN IEP OR 504 PLAN IN HIGH SCHOOL?

For individuals who have recently received services from a public school system; the information requested would most likely be contained in the Psycho-Educational Evaluation report from your most recent Triennial Review. An IEP or 504 plan does not constitute documentation. Please review your high school documentation against our documentation criteria.

ARE YOU RECEIVING SERVICES FROM A FEDERAL OR STATE REHABILITATION AGENCY?

For individuals who are or have been recently receiving services from a federal or state rehabilitation agency; much of the requested information will be contained in the documentation regarding your eligibility for services and vocational plan. However, please check your documentation against our documentation guidelines.

ARE YOU TRANSFERRING FROM ANOTHER COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY?

For individuals transferring from another college or university, information related to your disability will not be sent with a transcript request. You must request that information be sent to Disabled Student Services separately. Additionally, the information MTSU is requesting may or may not have been a part of your previous college's evaluation process. You should visit the appropriate link to check your documentation against our specific guidelines.

ARE YOU RECEIVING BENEFITS FROM THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION?

For individuals that are permanently disabled and are not receiving services under federal or state vocational rehabilitation programs provisions could be made relating to discounting or waiving tuition.

Permanently Disabled Discount
Rules & Procedures

Permanently Disabled Fee Discount/Waiver rules and forms are available at the MTSU Office of Disabled Student Services. Permanently disabled students should register and submit these forms to the Bursar's Office as outlined below.

T.C.A. 49-7-113. Disabled and Elderly Persons
Auditing or Enrollment

(a)(1) Disabled persons suffering from a permanent total disability which totally incapacitates such person from working at an occupation which brings him an income, and persons who have retired from state service with thirty (30) or more years of service, regardless of age, or persons who will become sixty (60) years of age or older during the academic quarter or semester, whichever is applicable, in which such persons begin classes and, who are domiciled in Tennessee, may audit courses at any state-supported college or university without paying tuition charges, maintenance fees, student activity fees or registration fees; however, this privilege may be limited or denied by the college or university on an individual classroom basis according to space availability.

(a)(2) The provisions of this section shall not apply at medical schools, dental or pharmacy schools, and no institution of higher education shall be required to make physical alterations of its buildings or other facilities to comply with this section.

(a)(3) Prior to admittance, the university or college involved may require an affidavit or certificate from a physician or an agency charged with compensating the disabled person or adjudicating the permanent total disability of the person who is requesting admittance to classes, that such person is permanently totally disabled as set forth herein.

(a)(4)A student who is receiving services under federal or state vocational rehabilitation programs is not eligible for a waiver of tuition and fee benefits under this section.

(b) Subject to the same terms and conditions as provided in subsection (a), disabled persons, as defined in subsection (a), and persons who will become sixty-five (65) years of age or older during the academic quarter or semester, whichever is applicable, in which such persons begin classes and, who are domiciled in Tennessee, may be enrolled in courses, for credit at state-supported colleges and universities without payment of tuition charges, maintenance fees, student activity fees or registration fees, except that the board of trustees of the University of Tennessee and the board of regents of the state university and community college system may provide for a service fee which may be charged by the institutions under their respective jurisdictions, the fee to be for the purpose of helping to defray the cost of keeping the records of such students and not to exceed seventy dollars ($70) a semester.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

Due to the "space availability" rule, the reduced rate will not be applied for classes selected and/or held during priority registration.

Class selection for permanently disabled students participating in the reduced rate program is during late registration each semester. Late registration begins on the first day of class for the Fall/Spring semesters, and on the first day of class for each individual session during the Summer semester. The late registration fee will be waived.

Permanently disabled students participating in this program may audit classes without tuition charges, or register for classes for credit by paying a service fee not to exceed $70.00. The student is responsible for paying for material, online, distance education and special course fees.

The applicant must be eligible for admission, and an application fee of $25.00 is required.

Proof of disability from SSA must be submitted to the MTSU Office of Disabled Student Services each year.

A separate form, obtained from the MTSU Office of Disabled Student Services, is required for each semester, and must be submitted in person during late registration fee payment at the Middle Tennessee State University, Business Office, Room 103, in the Cope Administration Building. Fees will be adjusted at this time.

If you have any questions regarding the permanently disabled reduced rate program, please contact the MTSU Office of Disabled Student Services at (615) 898-2783.