Psychological Impairments

Students whose emotional or psychological disorder currently significantly impacts their academic performance are eligible for accommodations. Some disorders, which might be disabling include severe depression, bi-polar disorder, posttraumatic stress syndrome, and multiple personality disorder. In general, students with emotional or psychological disorders do well in school. However, in some cases emotional/ psychological difficulties may interfere with attendance, information processing or academic performance.


If appropriate, refer the student to Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Avoid taking on the role of counselor with the student. It is important to maintain appropriate roles and boundaries with all students.


A student’s medication might cause him/her to be drowsy or inattentive. A student may need to leave the room due to the effects of medication. Please do not draw attention to these behaviors.

Student Conduct

All students are held to the same conduct code printed in Seattle University’s Student Handbook. If a student is disruptive ask him/her to leave. Students whose behavior is inappropriate should not be permitted to remain in the classroom, activity, or, service area. If the student refuses to leave or there is a question about safety, call Public Safety for support.

Alternative Testing

 A student with a psychological or emotional disability might need test accommodations arranged through Disabilities in order to provide a low stress testing environment or extended time.