The Disabled Students Program (DSP) at UCSB exists to ensure the institution has a mechanism for students, staff and faculty to provide equal access to education for students living with disabilities. We organize the campus’ response to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1974, and arrange for academic adjustments pursuant to these laws.

All students present current documentation from a qualified provider (medical doctor, psychiatrist, psychologist, MFT, LCSW, Licensed Educational Psychologist, etc.) which states the functional limitations of the condition the student is living with. If these limitations rise to the level of a disability, appropriate accommodations are determined and approved by the DSP Specialist. Each request for accommodation is evaluated on a case-by-case basis, as well as guidelines to activate accommodations each quarter.

Providing accommodations for students with disabilities is a shared responsibility between the student, the Disabled Students Program, and the faculty or academic department. Download the following document for a practical overview of how we implement these accommodations.

Institutional Responsibility for Providing Accommodations to Students with Disabilities

Student Responsibility

  • Submitting Instructor Letter to Faculty for each course they are enrolled in
  • Signing up for exams in RegisterBlast in a timely manner (we recommend signing up 10 days in advance)
  • Contacting the course instructor as soon as possible if the exam for which they are seeking to claim a Testing Center seat for is not in RegisterBlast
  • Meeting with faculty before exams (strongly encouraged)

DSP Responsibility

  • Determining and approving reasonable accommodations based on the student's disability(ies)
  • Hiring and Training Testing Center Workers

Faculty/Academic Department Responsibility

  • Responding to exam accommodation requests/email notifications by scheduling the exam with the Testing Center via RegisterBlast
  • Responding to and/or allowing for additional accommodation requests as necessary (peer notetakers, audio recordings, enhanced listening devices, etc.)

Testing Center Responsibility

  • Implementing exam accommodations (seat allocation, proctoring/monitoring exams, exam distribution)
  • Supervising Testing Center Workers