Request Initial Accommodations

At the University level, students have the right not to be identified as disabled. For this reason, students must take the initiative to contact the SDC and request academic accommodations.

Step 1: Determine Eligibility

Before requesting accommodations, the first step in establishing eligibility is for the student to provide the SDC with written documentation of the disability from a diagnosing professional. Please review the disability documentation below for more information:

For additional questions about what documentation is necessary, students should call the SDC to schedule an inquiry appointment.

Step 2: Submit Documentation

Documentation should be submitted as early as possible, generally at least 4 weeks before accommodations are needed, preferably at least 2 weeks before the quarter begins, unless there are extenuating circumstances.

In addition, to request new or different accommodations other than those previously approved by the SDC, the student must provide updated/additional documentation.

See the Exam Accommodation Timeline for more information about the process and the applicable deadlines.

Options to Submit (choose one):
  1. FAX documentation to (530) 752-0161
  2. Drop off at 54 Cowell Building
  3. Mail to
    University of California
    Student Disability Center
    One Shields Avenue
    Davis, California 95616
Note: Unless there are extenuating circumstances, accommodations generally cannot be implemented until the next quarter if documentation is not received until after 7th week of the quarter.

Step 3: Specialist Initial Review

Each student’s documentation is reviewed by Specialists with expertise in the student’s disability(ies) to evaluate whether the student has disability (physical or mental impairment) that limits a major life activity.

Specialists need time to conduct this initial review, generally at least 2 business days, but more if the documentation is long or if consultation with diagnosing clinician is necessary.

If more documentation is needed to determine eligibility or identify accommodations, the Specialist will contact or meet with the student to explain what information is needed.

Step 4: Meet with Specialist

After determining that a student is eligible for SDC services, the Specialist meets with the student to discuss the student’s specific documented functional limitations, the impact of those limitations on the student’s academic performance, and the student’s requests for accommodations. Together, the student and Specialist identify appropriate options for accommodations.

Step 5: Authorization

The Specialist authorizes the categories of accommodations that the student may request, and explains the process the student will use to request reasonable academic accommodations for each class, each quarter.

If the student has concerns about the eligibility determination process and/or the types of accommodations authorized, he or she may seek review by the SDC Director through the SDC Appeals Procedure.