Psychological disorders are defined as a persistent psychological disorder or psychiatric disorder, emotional or mental illness that adversely affects educational performance and/or functioning and frequently requires medication. Students with psychological disorders will often not be recognizable in the classroom. Some may request extended time for testing or a quiet, distraction-free testing environment. Others may not identify themselves at all. Examples of psychological disorders include, but are not limited to, bipolar, depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Schizophrenia.
Accommodations may include:
- Extended time for exams, quiet testing area with a proctor
- Seating arrangements that enhance the learning experience of the student
- Assistance with time management and study skills
- Encouragement to use relaxation and stress-reducing techniques during exams
- Flexibility in the attendance requirements in case of health-related absences
- Incompletes or late withdrawals in place of course failures in the event of prolonged illness
Psychological disorders fall into the group of invisible disabilities that may have little or no impact on learning. With proper diagnosis and treatment, students with psychological disorders are generally productive and successful in the academic environment. Some students may exhibit negative behavior such as indifference or occasionally disruptive behavior; the student should be informed of the specific limits of acceptable behavior in the classroom, on campus, and other school programs. As for all students, the Concordia University Student Code of Conduct must be followed.