Supporting Students with Disabilities

San Francisco State University provides reasonable accommodations based on disability for eligible students. To become registered with the DPRC, students are required to meet with disability staff to discuss their disability and how it may impact their academic career. More information is explained in the frequently asked questions below. The best instructional strategy is to facilitate the accommodations that the student is authorized to use while attending SF State. You are also invited to consult with the DPRC staff as needed.

Note: For employee accommodations, please visit the Employee Accommodations website

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, the DPRC has developed the following Disability Access Statement for course syllabi:

"Students with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations are encouraged to contact the instructor. The Disability Programs and Resource Center is available to facilitate the reasonable accommodations process. The DPRC, located in SSB 110, can be reached by telephone at 338-2472 (voice/TTY) or by e-mail at dprc@sfsu.edu.”

In addition to including an Access Statement on your syllabus, the following recommendations may assist in improved access and ease of accommodations to all students:

  • Attendance Policy: Please include a clear policy on attendance and its role in your grading scheme, if any.  This is helpful for all students to know and understand at the beginning of the semester.
  • It is University policy to provide, on a flexible and individualized basis, reasonable accommodations to students who have disabilities that may impact how they participate in course activities or meet course requirements. Students with documented disabilities must register with the DPRC to facilitate the reasonable accommodations process. They are encouraged to contact their instructors to discuss their individual needs for accommodation; instructors are encouraged to contact the DPRC for assistance in providing accommodations.

The student will give you a Reasonable Accommodations Verification (RAV) document that verifies that they are qualified to receive accommodations. This document also states what types of accommodations students will need. Faculty who are presented with this document by a student and have questions about the contents are encouraged to discuss them directly with the student; in the event questions remain, faculty should contact the DPRC at (415) 338-2472 for further clarification.

Faculty are under no obligation to provide accommodations to students who do not have a “Reasonable Accommodations Verification” document from the DPRC office. Direct that student to the DPRC office so that a DPRC specialist and the student, together, can determine what reasonable accommodations meet the student's needs.

By law, students have the right not to share any information about the nature of their disability. As long as a student has presented you with their RAV document from DPRC, you are required to implement the accommodations. Faculty who have questions about the implementation of accommodations listed on this document are encouraged to talk with the student and contact DPRC if needed.

However, some students may choose to share disability information with you. Be supportive and keep the information in confidence. Do not disclose the information given.  Listen, validate and refer them to DPRC.

Students can schedule your exams and/or quizzes to be administered with accommodations through DPRC by completing the “Exam Accommodations Request” (EAR) form with you. This form should be presented to you along with the student's Reasonable Accommodation Verification (RAV) form.

Faculty are welcome to provide exam accommodations directly if the student agrees to this and you are able to provide all accommodations listed on the RAV form. If you wish to directly accommodate the student, we recommend you consult with our office prior to the exam date to ensure you have a full understanding of the approved reasonable accommodation listed on the RAV form (Low Distraction in particular) and are able to appropriately provide them. All approved reasonable exam accommodations must be applied to the entirety of the exam if the student has requested them.

Yes. There could be numerous reasons why a student makes a late request. Perhaps the student could not get documentation of their disability any earlier, and therefore could not initiate accommodations earlier.  However, accommodations are not retroactive. Consult with DPRC if you have questions.

Faculty should understand that while they are required to provide reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities, they are not required to tolerate behavior that is substantially disruptive to their ability to teach and to other students' ability to learn. Faculty are expected to hold all students, including those registered with the DPRC, to the same code of conduct. Faculty are welcome to consult with the DPRC as needed. If a student's disruptive behavior cannot be contained, contact the University Police Department for immediate assistance. Faculty may also benefit from contacting the Dean of Students for additional non-emergency support.

Learn about Universal Design for Learning on the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development website.

While National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is geared towards science classes, the NSTA website has resources that are helpful and applicable to most course subject areas, regardless of the type of instruction.