Following determination of eligibility, the Disability Specialist, in consultation with the student, will determine what academic accommodations or placement exam accommodations are necessary to allow the student to access the University's educational opportunities.
Note: All accommodations must be approved by the student’s Disability Specialist.
Requests for academic adjustments that would result in a fundamental alteration of the academic program are not reasonable and will not be provided as accommodations. If questions arise regarding whether requested accommodations would fundamentally alter course standards or the academic program, the SDC facilitates an interactive process involving the student, the instructor, and the academic department. If an agreement cannot be reached, the matter is referred to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
Because instructors of each course must be notified of the needed accommodations, and because course requirements vary substantially (which can impact the accommodations needed), students must request academic accommodations for each class before or at the beginning of each quarter.
Students should submit on-line requests for course accommodations for each class as soon as possible, at least 3 weeks before the first scheduled test and preferably at least 2 weeks before the quarter begins. Submitting early requests gives the SDC time to send email notifications of the student’s authorized accommodations to the student and her/his instructors. It also gives the student time to arrange exam logistics with his/her instructors.
Note: It can take up to two weeks to process accommodation requests, so it is very important to submit the request form early. Requests for notetakers and other auxiliary services should be submitted before the beginning of classes, or soon after classes start. Requests for exam accommodations should be submitted far enough in advance of the exam date to allow adequate advance notice to the instructor. The forms submitted should be complete and legible to prevent delay.
Students should promptly request accommodations using the online Student Portal.
In general, accommodations will not be implemented until the following quarter if the student’s requests for accommodations are not received until after the 8th week of the quarter. In such circumstances, notice of accommodations will not be sent until the next quarter, unless there are extenuating circumstances.
Students must request placement exam accommodations before scheduling the exam by completing a request using the online Student Portal.
Note: All placement exam accommodations must be approved by the student’s Specialist. The University is not required to provide requested placement exam adjustments that would result in a fundamental alteration of the exam. If placement exam accommodations are approved, a letter authorizing the accommodations will be sent to the exam administrator.
If the requested academic or placement exam adjustments/accommodations are not authorized and approved, the student may request review by the SDC Director through the SDC Appeals Procedure.