Common Student Accommodations

Below you will find information regarding common reasonable accommodations used across multiple disability categories. All reasonable accommodations are individualized based on your academic needs and the nature of your individual disability. This list is intended to give you a general sense of what the DPRC may provide, and may or may not include the individual accommodation that will work best for you.

Your eligibility for accessing these and any other individualized accommodations is determined through the DPRC registration, disability verification and initial appointment processes. Reasonable accommodations used by students representing a specific disability category (e.g., interpreting or captioning services for Deaf students, exacerbated symptom accommodations for students with chronic health or psychiatric conditions, etc.) can also be found within the specific disability categories listed on the Student Resources page.

To request approved reasonable accommodations, it is the student’s responsibility to initiate and follow the request processes outlined either on the DPRC website and/or processes outlined by a Disability Specialist or DPRC staff.  Delays in provision of approved accommodations may occur if students do not follow the processes indicated for each individually approved accommodation.  The best way to ensure an approved accommodation will be available when needed is to request an approved accommodation as soon as possible, with enough time for DPRC to properly process and fulfill the request.  If you have any questions related to requesting an approved accommodation, please contact DPRC. 

Ability to get up and move around

This accommodation gives you the option to stand up and move around without disrupting others to alleviate disability symptoms during class and exams. Be sure and discuss your need for this accommodation with a DPRC specialist during your initial or follow up appointment.

Assistive Technology

The DPRC coordinates all site licenses for assistive software supported by the university and maintains the Accessible Technology Commons (ATC) in the library. Visit the Assistive Technology page to learn how to access assistive software and hardware on campus, as well as related assistive technology training services.

Advocacy/Liaison with university faculty and staff

DPRC provides advocacy and liaison support so that university faculty and staff may learn how to best implement your approved reasonable accommodations. We encourage university faculty and staff to discuss their questions about your reasonable accommodations directly with you, and we encourage you to use your reasonable accommodation verification memo as a guide. In the event questions remain, faculty and staff can contact the DPRC at 415-338-2472 for further clarification.

Assistive Listening Device

An assistive listening device (ALD) consists of a small, portable electronic transmitter and receiver, both of which are relatively unobtrusive. The transmitter picks up an instructor's speech by microphone and sends it to the receiver by either an infrared or FM radio signal. If you are hard of hearing you might benefit from borrowing one of the DPRC's ALDs. Go to the Assistive Listening Device page to learn how to request an ALD.

Audio Recording of Lectures

Audio recording classroom lectures is an accommodation that is available to you if you have a permanent or temporary disability that may or may not be apparent or visible and impacts seeing, hearing, concentrating, processing information, sitting, or using writing/typing tools. Go to the Audio Record Lectures page to learn about recording lectures in class.


If you experience disability-related symptoms that get in the way of your ability to concentrate or tolerate sitting for extended periods of time you may need the option to take a short break without disrupting others to alleviate disability symptoms during classes and exams. Be sure and discuss your need for this accommodation with a DPRC specialist during your initial or a follow up appointment.

Campus Housing Accommodations

The DPRC works closing with the SF State Housing office to accommodate your disability-related needs in university residences. Go to the Housing Accommodations page to learn how to request disability-related accommodations for on-campus housing.  The priority deadline for requesting reasonable accommodations based on disability for Housing is June 1st for Fall semester move-in and accommodations must be requested on a yearly basis if you are a returning resident.  Reasonable accommodations for Housing do not carry over year-to-year. 

Computer-Aided Real-Time Transcription (CART)

CART, also known as Real-Time Captioning, which is an application of technology that has been used by court reporters for many years, involves the use of a trained stenographer, known as a CART Reporter, who transcribes spoken communication, such as lectures and discussion, into conventional written English verbatim using specialized equipment and software. If you are hard-of-hearing, CART may be able to give you real-time access to classroom instruction. Go to the Computer-Aided Real-time Transcription (CART) page to learn more.

Classroom Furniture

The DPRC can offer you some alternatives to standard classroom furniture if you are not able access what may already be available in your classrooms. Go to the Classroom Furniture page to learn how to request accessible classroom furniture.

Exam Accommodations

This is one of the DPRC's most frequently requested accommodations. It often includes 50 – 100 % more time to complete an exam in order to give students with disabilities an equal opportunity to demonstrate mastery of what they have already learned instead of the fact that a disability-related symptom or characteristic prevented them from completing the exam. You can learn more about how to request and schedule exams with accommodations on our Exam Accommodations page.

Flexible Deadlines and/or Attendance 

If you have a chronic health condition or a disability that is prone to periodic exacerbation (flare ups) of symptoms, you may be eligible for flexibility with deadlines and/or attendance. It may include modification of attendance requirements and/or flexibility with assignment deadlines and in scheduling exams. Go to the Flexible Deadlines and/or Attendance page to learn more about it.

Instructional Materials in Accessible Format

The DPRC provides conversion of instructional materials into accessible formats for students who cannot access standard print. Go to the Accessible media page to learn how to request accessible instructional materials, such as text in a digital or audio format, or captioned multimedia.

Interpreting Services

The DPRC coordinates sign language interpreting services for Deaf students at SF State in the classroom, during academic advising appointments, and other campus activities. Go to the Interpreting Services page to learn about our Interpreting Services.

Lab Assistant

If you are enrolled in an activity class, such as a science lab, and need assistance manipulating objects or viewing visual material, the DPRC can assist you in obtaining a lab assistant. Be sure and discuss your need for this accommodation with a DPRC specialist during your initial or follow up appointment.

Media Captioning

The DPRC works closely with faculty to ensure that all multi-media used in the classroom for instruction is captioned for Deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Go to the Captioning Services page to learn more about captioning services.

Note Taking Assistance

If your disability impacts your ability to take notes in the classroom, the DPRC has a few options for you to explore so that you may have equal access to instruction. Go to the Note Taking page to learn how to request note taking assistance for classroom lectures.

Orientation and Mobility training

Students with visual disabilities may request an orientation to the campus. Please schedule an appointment with a DPRC Specialist to set up this service.

On-Campus Shuttle

If you are not able to walk long distances, the DPRC coordinates on-campus shuttle services from building to building on a pre-scheduled and call-in basis. Go to the On-Campus Shuttle page to learn how to arrange rides for the On-Campus Shuttle.


There are parking options for students needing accessible parking for both DMV placard holders as well as those without a DMV placard. Go to the Parking page to learn how to request and obtain a permit for accessible on-campus parking spaces.

Priority Registration

All students registered with the DPRC with a permanent disability are eligible to register on the first day of a priority registration period for a full class load. Many students with temporary disabilities are eligible for this accommodation as well. We want you to use priority registration as a tool to be able to put your accommodations into place well in advance of the first day of classes and to create a class schedule that works with your disability-related needs. Go to the Priority Registration page to learn about dates, deadlines and procedures for class registration.

Reduced Course Load

For some students with disabilities, taking less than a full course load is equivalent to another student taking a full course load. If this is the case for you, the DPRC can work with you and the SF State financial aid counselors to retain your financial aid eligibility. Go to the Reduced Course Load page to learn about the reduced course load accommodation.

Reserved Seating

The DPRC can help you with preferential seating if your disability impacts where you need to sit in the classroom in order to access instruction. Go to the Reserved Seating page to learn about the accommodation for preferential seating arrangements in class.

Scent-Free Environment

It can be difficult to ensure classrooms are scent-free but if you have multiple chemical sensitivities we can work with you and your instructors to request that classmates refrain from using scented products on the days they are in your classes. Be sure and discuss your need for this accommodation with a DPRC specialist during your initial or follow up appointment.

Seizure Protocol

If you anticipate experiencing a seizure at some point while in the classroom, we can provide you with a memo to share with instructors in advance about the appropriate protocol for responding when, and if, this occurs. Be sure and discuss your need for this accommodation with a DPRC specialist during your initial or follow up appointment.

Stand-In-Line Bypass

If you experience disability-related symptoms that make it difficult for you to stand in long lines at service counters on campus, you may be eligible to bypass lines to avoid exacerbating your disability-related symptoms.  Be sure and discuss your need for this accommodation with a DPRC specialist during your initial or follow up appointment.