Coronavirus Information

As we all navigate the ever-evolving guidance on how to best reduce the spread of COVID-19, we want to reach out to each of you to let you know that the SDC is continuing to operate and is providing services to students. As of March 19, 2020, we are functioning remotely and all SDC staff are telecommuting. We are offering phone and Zoom appointments and you can still submit disability documentation via email at sdc@ucdavis.edu or by fax at 530-752-0161. Unfortunately, we cannot accept documentation delivered in person or by US mail at this time.

We understand that this is an uncertain time and encourage you to reach out to us for support. Please feel free to  contact your Specialist or the front desk at sdc@ucdavis.edu with any questions or concerns you may have. You may also reach us by phone at (530) 752-3184 Monday – Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm. Please leave a voice mail message at this number and we will return your call as soon as possible. 

On March 26th the Student Disability Center (SDC) hosted a faculty forum where we shared general information, answered questions, and connected you with SDC resources ready to assist you in remote learning environments.  Click this link for the video.

The campus directives about remote learning raises some questions. Student Affairs has created and will be updating a page with frequently asked questions for students.

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The Role of the Student Disability Center

The Student Disability Center (SDC) is staffed by Disability Specialists, professionals who have expertise in the education of students with disabilities. The Disability Specialists recommend accommodations for disabled students in compliance with federal mandates. Each of the UC campuses has a similar program for disabled students.

At UC Davis, the Instructor of Record, or an official Alternate Contact, is responsible to ensure that students enrolled in their classes have access to the classroom accommodations and services outlined in each student’s Letter of Accommodation.

Classroom Accommodations

It is the role of faculty to facilitate access to classroom accommodations for students enrolled in their courses when they have received a Letter of Accommodation on their behalf. Students who do not provide SDC verification should be asked to do so before accommodations are provided. If you disagree with the SDC accommodation, or are aware of course-specific factors that have bearing on the accommodation, please consult with the SDC Disability Specialist who authored the accommodation letter.

Testing Accommodations

If a student in your class has been approved for exam accommodations, please assume that they will use them. Common testing accommodations include extended time on exams, small group/reduced distraction testing environment, use of a computer with or without grammar/spell check, single room testing, exam responses on test sheet/no Scantron, breaks during exams, and similar services.  For additional information, check out: information for Testing Accommodations.

Quick Tips

  • It is very helpful to include a statement about accessibility in your Syllabus. Here is an example you can include in yours:
    UC Davis is committed to educational equity in the academic setting, and in serving a diverse student body. I encourage all students who are interested in learning more about the Student Disability Center (SDC) to contact them directly at sdc.ucdavis.edu, sdc@ucdavis.edu or 530-752-3184. If you are a student who requires academic accommodations, please submit your SDC Letter of Accommodation to me as soon as possible, ideally within the first two weeks of this course. 
  • Assume that students will use all of the services outlined in their Letter of Accommodation
  • Contact the SDC Specialist who signed the Letter of Accommodation if you have any questions or concerns regarding a student’s accommodations
  • Keep in mind that a Letter of Accommodation may be issued at any time during the quarter
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We also have a list of Faculty Q&A

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