OSD Accommodations

Students who are eligible for modifications, adjustments and other accommodations in their chemistry lecture or laboratory learning environments because of a disability must register with the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) and obtain an Authorization for Accommodation (AFA) letter.

1. What should you do after you receive your AFA letter from the OSD Office?

As early as possible in the academic quarter, you should deliver one copy of your AFA letter to the course instructor (to whom the letter is addressed), and another copy to the Chemistry OSD Academic Liaison, Oura Neak (Student Affairs Office, York 4010). To ensure that you receive eligible accommodations, discuss matters first with the primary faculty for the course. NOTE:  Some faculty will provide for your accommodations themselves, and others will have you work directly with the Chemistry OSD Academic Liaison. Policies and procedures related to accommodations are typically listed on course syllabi, and/or discussed at the start of a course.  You are expected to be familiar with, and to follow, these guidelines.    

2.  How do you arrange for classroom or lab accommodations?

Accommodations that require adaptive technologies, alternative formats, interpreters or captionists, or note-taking may take time to process and will require the assistance of the OSD and other staff to implement.  You are encouraged to bring these needs to the attention of the course instructor at the start of quarter, and earlier if possible.

3.  How do you arrange for exam and quiz accommodations?

Students who are eligible for adaptive technology and alternative formats are able to have exams and quizzes administered by the OSD.  All other types of accommodations (such as extended time) need to be arranged with faculty and/or our Chemistry OSD Academic Liaison.

4.  If your testing accommodations will be administered by the Chemistry OSD Academic Liaison, what must you do?

If, in consultation with your course instructor, it is established that our Chemistry OSD Academic Liaison will provide exam/quiz accommodations, you should take the following steps:

  1. Confirm the examination dates and times with the course instructor.
  2. Schedule a meeting or come in for a walk-in with the Chemistry OSD Academic Liaison as soon as you receive your AFA letter.  When you meet with the Liaison, you will be asked to fill out the Chemistry OSD Exam Request and list all the exams for each Chemistry course to arrange for testing accommodations.  Keep in mind that the time you begin and end has to be between 8:30am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-4:00pm.  Once the instructor approves your exam request, you will receive an email confirmation with the details of your exam.

WE REQUIRE ADVANCE NOTICE OF A MINIMUM OF FIVE BUSINESS DAYS PRIOR TO THE EXAM/QUIZ DATE TO ARRANGE ACCOMMODATIONS.  We may not have the capability to meet late requests.

  1. Remind the course instructor to send a copy of the exam to our OSD Liaison a day in advance of the scheduled accommodation period.
  2. On the day of your exam, check in 5-10 minutes before the start time at the Student Affairs Office (York 4010). If you are eligible for extended time for quizzes/exams and you show up late, the exam/quiz time WILL NOT be extended beyond your original end time to excuse your tardiness. 

5.  If your testing accommodations will be administered by the course instructor, what must you do?

Be sure to follow the course policies and expectations, and to send a timely email to the course instructor (1 week before, or as specified) each time an accommodation is required.

**If you have any questions you can contact chemosd@ucsd.edu.  Contact information provided on the left.**

Chemistry OSD liaison, Oura Neak

Email: chemosd@ucsd.edu

Phone:(858)534-2263

Chemistry Student Affairs Front Desk

Phone:(858)534-4856

Office for Students with Disabilities website

http://disabilities.ucsd.edu/