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Center for Disability Services

Documentation Criteria

Students seeking academic accommodations will need to present current documentation from a qualified healthcare provider supporting the need for accommodations.

If you have any questions about these requirements or accommodations in general, please contact our office at 334-244-3631 or e-mail us at [email protected].

These documentation guidelines can be completed by your healthcare provider.

ADA Accomodations

Disability Related Housing Accommodation

Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) provides reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities who have a verifiable need for the reasonable accommodation. A reasonable accommodation is an exception to the usual rules, policies, practices, or services that a resident with a disability may need to have an equal opportunity to use and enjoy University housing.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 1990 (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, the term “disability” includes (a) a physical impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of an individual; (b) a record of such an impairment; or (c) being regarded as having such an impairment. It is important to understand that a diagnosis of a medical condition and/or disorder in and of itself does not substantiate a disability. Thus, information sufficient to render a medical diagnosis might not be adequate to determine that an individual is substantially impaired in a major life activity.

Students must request housing accommodations annually by submitting this Disability Related Housing Accommodation Request Form indicating the current impact of their disability. Contact CDS staff for more details.

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two students with a service dog
Register your Service Animal

Service Animals

Students are encouraged to register their service animal with CDS by submitting a Service Animal Registration Form and documentation of current vaccinations.

ADA regulations require that service animals be individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. The work or task must be directly related to the handler’s disability. AUM cannot ask about the person’s disability, require medical documentation, or require a special identification card or training documentation for the service animal.

The ADA regulations define a service animal to be a canine or a miniature horse. Guard dogs or emotional support animals are not included as part the ADA’s definition of a service animal.

Pets that do not provide a service to a person with a disability are not permitted in University-owned or controlled buildings.

See the Service Animal Policy for Students below or contact CDS staff for more details.

Register Your Emotional Support Animal

Emotional Support / Comfort Animals

Students seeking to have an emotional support/comfort animal (ESCA) on campus are required to register their ESCA with CDS by submitting an Emotional Support/Comfort Animal Registration Form, Service and Emotional Support/Comfort Animal Roommate Agreement Form, Accommodation Verification Form for Assistance Animals in University Housing (this is documentation verifying the disability-related need for the emotional support/comfort animal), and documentation of current vaccinations as required by law.

As a general rule, emotional support/comfort animals are permitted in the following instances:

  • An emotional support / comfort animal may be permitted to reside with a student with a disability in AUM residential facilities if approved by CDS.
  • An emotional support / comfort animal may be permitted in a classroom with a student with a disability if approved as a reasonable accommodation by CDS.

See the Emotional Support/Comfort Animal Policy for Students below or contact CDS staff for more details.

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a woman holding a dog
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