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Information Regarding COVID-19

COVID-19 graphicOSD is working with numerous departments, divisions, and units to communicate information regarding accommodations for students with disabilities for Fall 2020.

 

The University’s face covering mandate exempts students with medical conditions, mental health conditions, and disabilities that prevent them from wearing masks. Should a student wish to request an accommodation because they are exempt, they should email the OSD at osd@ucsd.edu and write "face covering exemption request" in the subject line. An interactive process appointment will be scheduled and, during the meeting, the student can share how wearing a face covering impacts their disability. Additional documentation may be requested before the OSD makes a determination on the exemption.

 

UC San Diego requires all students to undergo regular Covid testing as part of its Return to Learn Program. For more information about testing, visit the Testing and Screening webpage. Students who are requesting to be exempt from testing due to a disability should email the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) at osd@ucsd.edu and write "Covid testing exemption request" in the subject line. An interactive process appointment will be scheduled and, during the meeting, the student can share how Covid testing impacts their disability. Additional documentation may be requested before the OSD makes a determination on the exemption.

 

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Instructors will receive Authorization for Accommodation (AFA) letters electronically on or after the first day of instruction. AFA letters should be considered valid only if they are generated from the following address: no-reply@osd.ucsd.edu. Questions should be directed to the academic department liaison or osdafa@ucsd.edu. Students are responsible for discussing specific accommodation arrangements with instructors and liaisons.

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Who We Serve

The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) at UC San Diego works with:

  • Undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students with documented disabilities
  • Faculty and staff who provide accommodations to students in classrooms and labs
  • Student veterans

For more information, view the Disability Resources Brochure Guide (PDF).

 

The OSD also works with a variety of departments and programs across campus to provide access to learning and internship opportunities for students with disabilities which opens doors to meaningful employment after graduation. In addition to Career Services, our Academic Internship Program connects students to opportunities where they can earn academic credit and real world skills that enable them to be more competitive candidates in the job market. The OSD also employs student staff with disabilities, training them in customer service, front and back office management, team building, and universal design in physical and electronic environments.

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OSD works with students with documented disabilities to review documentation and determine reasonable accommodations. Disabilities can occur in these areas: psychological, psychiatric, learning, attention, chronic health, physical, vision, hearing, and acquired brain injuries, and may occur at any time during a student’s college career. We encourage you to contact the OSD as soon as you become aware of a condition that is disabling so that we can work with you.

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Making your course more universally accessible

The OSD also serves as a resource to UC San Diego faculty and staff who are providing accommodations to students in classrooms and labs across campus, and we have developed working relationships with other offices on campus to streamline services to students with disabilities. We welcome opportunities to provide disability education to departments and programs, and to develop internal processes that better serve students with disabilities.

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Student Veterans

Finally, the OSD recognizes the unique challenges that some students with disabilities face, including student veterans, as disability impacts all areas of life (physical, mental, academic, and social). We invite you to dialogue with us in a safe, confidential environment, and we look forward to hearing from you.

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