Students who would like to receive educational accommodations while enrolled at High Point University must self-identify as a student with a disability by formally registering with the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services (OARS).  Registration and documentation are required for all requested accommodations.

Students with approved academic accommodations must request their accommodations at the beginning of each semester. Accommodations are NOT retroactive.  Therefore, it is important for students to be proactive by requesting their accommodations at the beginning of each semester and/or academic school year.

Academic Accommodation Documentation Criteria

High Point University is committed to providing reasonable and effective accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. The legal definition of disability is a mental or physical condition that substantially limits a major life activity compared to most people. A substantial limitation is defined as a notable, significant, meaningful limit/difference to the manner in which the individual engages in the activity, the conditions necessary for them to engage in the activity, and the duration for which they can engage in the activity or the frequency with which they engage in the activity.

Documentation must:

  1. Appear on official letterhead and be typed, signed, and dated by a qualified, licensed professional credentialed in the area related to the diagnosed condition for which the accommodation is being requested.
  2. Provide a diagnosis including symptoms related to the student’s disability or medical condition. This should include functional limitations that are specific to the student and their individual needs. Please include a history of the diagnosis and treatments including duration, stability, frequency of symptoms, functional limitations, and expected prognosis.
  3. Provide recent objective recent evaluations including subtest scores, and/or clinical observations used to determine the students diagnoses and functional limitations, and current need for accommodations as related to the diagnosed condition. Psychoeducational evaluations should be within the past five years and consist of adult-normed objective measures.
  4. Include any treatments, medications, and/or assistive devices/services currently prescribed or in use. Please include a description of the student’s specific experienced side effects from such treatments and how they impact the student’s right to equal access to the benefits of the University.
  5. Specify if the disability causes unexpected and/or unavoidable interruptions to the student’s daily schedule. If so, documentation of the student’s specific and unique needs must provide a connection between the specific functional limitation and requested accommodation.
  6. Provide recommendations directly linked to the impact or functional limitations associated with the disability and include a clear rationale based on level of impairment.

The following information/documentation is not adequate for determining accommodations:

  1. A brief note from a physician or health professional that simply requests an accommodation or provides a diagnosis without offering supporting documentation. This includes information or notes written on a prescription pad, as well as aftercare instructions issued to the student.
  2. Evaluation reports of a learning difficulty that are not comprehensive or that identify “problems or challenges” but do not specifically diagnose a learning disability.

Click here to access documentation requirements for requesting accommodations.



  1. Complete the OARS COMPASS Registration. Please state requested accommodations and provide a summary of previous accommodations. This form also authorizes the OARS Staff to release disability-related information to campus officials as necessary. PLEASE NOTE: when applying for accommodations you will be asked for your HPU email and password to access the site.
  2. Provide appropriate documentation. Please review the Documentation Criteria for Academic Accommodations. Diagnostic documentation must be relevant to the diagnosed disability and may include:
    • Psychological/educational evaluation(s) that may contain information regarding tests of aptitude, achievement, and information processing (e.g. WAIS, Woodcock-Johnson etc.)
    • Assessments from clinical or educational psychologists, school psychologists, neuropsychologists, learning disabilities specialists, and medical doctors.
  3. OARS Accessibility Support Specialists review each request to determine eligibility for appropriate accommodations and notify students via their HPU email.

– Note –

  • Each semester students must request accommodation letters to provide students’ professors with notification of approved accommodations.
  • Accommodations are implemented in coordination with OARS staff & classroom professors.


Has it been a few weeks and you feel like your accommodations need some adjustments? No problem! Schedule a meeting with a member of our OARS team and we are happy to sit down and discuss any changes that need to be made.