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 soon as you receive your AFA letter, you should deliver a copy to the course instructor (to whom the letter is addressed) and discuss your accommodations.  NOTE:  Some faculty will provide your accommodations themselves, and others will have you work directly with the Chemistry OSD Academic Liaison. 

After you have met with the instructor, contact chemosd@ucsd.edu to schedule an appointment with the Chemistry OSD Academic Liaison, Oura Neak (Student Affairs Office, York 4010) to submit your AFA letter to the department.  You must obtain the instructor’s signature on the AFA before you can schedule a meeting with the Chemistry OSD Academic Liaison. Appointments should be made no later than Friday of week 2 of the quarter or as soon as you receive your AFA letter. 

Policies and procedures related to accommodations are typically listed on the course syllabus, 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 the Chemistry OSD Academic Liaison will provide the exam/quiz accommodations, you should take the following steps: 

  1. Meet with the course instructor to confirm the exam dates/times and obtain the instructor’s signature on the AFA Letter. 
  2. Schedule a meeting with the Chemistry OSD Academic Liaison no later than Friday of week 2 or as soon as you receive your AFA letter, only after you have met with the course instructor.  When you meet with the Liaison, you will be asked to confirm the exam dates.  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 confirms the exam dates with the Chemistry OSD Academic Liaison, you will receive an email confirmation with the details of your exam. 

WE REQUIRE STUDENTS WITH EXAM ACCOMODATIONS TO SCHEDULE A MEETING WITH THE DEPARTMENT NO LATER THAN FRIDAY OF WEEK 2 OR AS SOON AS YOU RECEIVE YOUR AFA LETTER.  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/