Important Updates: OSAS Services and Accommodations for Fall 2021

Dear Students, Faculty & Campus Partners,

We hope you're enjoying your summer! We would like to share that USC is continuing to plan for an in-person residential experience this fall. Please read below for important information related to Online/Remote Class Accommodation Requests and requests related to personal factors.

OSAS follows a thorough review process to verify a student’s disability and to determine whether or not requests are considered “reasonable accommodations.” All requests and decisions should go through OSAS. Additionally, OSAS is unable to support students who have concerns for COVID risks related to their family members as our services are designated for USC students with disabilities. It is recommended that schools or programs determine appropriate options such as a leave/health leave and direct students to the USC COVID Resource Center (COVID-19 hotline: 213-740-6291 Email: covid19@usc.edu).

For all USC students requesting online/remote class accommodations due to the student’s medical-related reasons, the first step is to register with the Office of Student Accessibility Services (OSAS). OSAS will follow a standard review process in determining reasonable accommodations which may take up to 2 weeks or more. For more information, please visit the OSAS When & How to Register webpage. Please know that accommodations are not guaranteed and determined on an individualized basis as it relates to the student’s disability. OSAS will work with the student and with the school/program as needed, to determine reasonable accommodations and to ensure they do not fundamentally alter the core nature of the course or program.

Please contact the us with any questions at osasfrontdesk@usc.edu

Students New to OSAS

For students who are new to their connection to OSAS, this is a great place to start. Get to know the key steps for beginning your relationship with our office, including how to seek accommodations and services, the University’s documentation guidelines, and some general keys to success.

Current OSAS Students

For students who have established their relationship with OSAS, this section of the website helps deepen your connection, and further your knowledge. It provides guidance on implementing accommodations, the role of your OSAS Specialist, and information on our student organizations.

Faculty

For all faculty and instructors, as well as academic staff, this section is a key resource for OSAS information. You’ll find guidance on Roles, Rights & Responsibilities, guidance from your peers, information on accommodations and services, helpful How To’s, and support resources for your work with students with disabilities. Welcome!

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Mental Health Awareness Month 2021

DSP highlights the month of May by focusing on the healing value of connecting in safe ways, prioritizing our mental health, and acknowledging that it's okay not to be okay. Mental Health Awareness Month started in 1949 by Mental Health America (MHA).

This year's theme is continuing on from 2020, #Tools2Thrive. For additional information and resources, please check out MHA's website: https://mhanational.org/mental-health-month