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Disability Accommodations

Updates during COVID-19

During this time of COVID-19 Advising will take place remotely for the safety of our students and staff. Please use the following to address any academic concerns:

The Communication Department is no longer accepting P/NP grades for COMM major requirements. The policy was a emergency response due to the on set of COVID. Please take all your courses for a letter grade.

The COMM Advising Office is dedicated to continuing our efforts of being students focused and addressing all the concerns of our students despite the crisis we are in. Please do not hesitate to reach out, we are here for you.

The Department of Communication is committed to helping students with disabilities receive reasonable accommodation to be successful in their departmental coursework. The University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) welcomes students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors who have disabilities and wish to participate in the academic endeavors, professional opportunities, and campus events available in our community. In a collaborative effort to share campus resources for and about people with disabilities, the following links are provided to encourage all campus partners and constituents to engage in UC San Diego programs and activities.

Student First Steps

It is critical that the student start the AFA process as soon as possible by securing an appointment with OSD:  In addition, early communication with your instructor is also key, so that the AFA accommodation may be implemented as quickly as possible. In courses with TAs, the student may also speak with them about their need for accommodation. 

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office for Students with Disabilities has created new resources which is linked here:

Key Roles/Campus Partners

Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) 

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. After consultation with OSD and presentation of the required care-provider documentation, you will receive an Authorization for Accommodation (AFA) Letter. 



The instructor cannot provide an accommodation without receiving the AFA letter. Once received, the instructor is responsible for implementing your accommodation; this includes coordinating with Teaching Assistants (TA) in those classes that have sections.

Departmental OSD Liaison

The OSD Liaison works with the instructor to secure testing rooms and equipment per the AFA letter. If there are questions about accommodations specified in the AFA letter, the OSD Liaisons can seek clarification from OSD.