Frequently Asked DSP Questions from Faculty
There are more than 3500 students with disabilities at UC Berkeley today including undergraduates and graduate students. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, our students with disabilities have a right to full access to all of UC Berkeley’s academic environments.
The Disabled Students’ Program is the campus department that has the responsibility of determining which accommodations, services, and adjustments each student needs to address barriers in the academic environment. We do this by reviewing medical, psychological, and educational documentation and interviewing the student regarding their past educational experiences.
If a requested accommodation alters an objective or standard of your course, then it may not be a reasonable accommodation.
- If a student with a vision impairment is taking a language course that requires manually producing the written language with its characters, a request to use a word processor and type the words would most likely not be a reasonable accommodation.
- If a student in a PE course missed enough foundational skills classes and there is no way to make up for the missed skill practice, additional absences may not be reasonable.
- If you are concerned that an accommodation request is not reasonable in your course, please contact the DSP specialist who sent the accommodation letter right away. Please do NOT discuss your concerns with the student.
- We hope that the information below answers many of your questions about DSP and accommodating students with disabilities. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact any Disability Specialist or the DSP Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact for specific service areas are below.