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Disability Services and Programs
University of Southern California
3601 Trousdale Parkway
Student Union 301
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0896
Phone: (213) 740-0776 / Fax: (213) 740-8216


The following is a list of general accommodations that may be requested by a student and recommended by Disability Services and Programs (DSP) following a detailed review of the documented disability. The purpose of this list is to provide descriptions of some of the more common accommodations recommended by DSP. These and other accommodations are requested and recommended on an individual basis. When professors and students discuss these accommodations they should consider them in relation to the particular needs of the class.

  • Extended time on tests (Time and a Half)
    • DSP student will receive extra time on tests only (not assignments – essays, projects, etc.) without conflicting with other courses

    • Example - Exam is 60 minutes, student will receive 90 minutes to complete the exam
  • Extended time on tests (Double-Time)
    • DSP student will receive extra time on tests only (not assignments – essays, projects, etc.) without conflicting with other courses

    • Example - Exam is 60 minutes, student will receive 120 minutes to complete the exam
  • Enlarged print on handouts/exams
    • DSP student will receive enlarged copies of handouts/exams when requested in a timely manner
  • Use of a Closed Circuit Television (CCTV)
    • A CCTV adjusts the size and/or contrast of an image allowing the student to view it easier

    • DSP has a CCTV that can be used in our office for exams and studying based on availability
  • Use of a class note-taker
    • DSP student is allowed to receive notes from another student in the course

    • This accommodation is coordinated by DSP (

    • Student note-takers are compensated by DSP after satisfying responsibilities

    • Professors are encouraged to make a general anonymous announcement during the beginning of the semester directing willing student note-takers to the DSP office
    • If a student note-taker cannot be found then students will be advised to speak with their professor or appropriate department contact to discuss possible alternatives

  • Use of a reader during exams
    • Someone is will read the exam out loud with the student

    • Adaptive technology can possibly be used to satisfy this accommodation
  • Use of a scribe during exams
    • Someone will write the exam answers as dictated by the student

    • The use of a word-processor and/or adaptive technology possibly can satisfy this need
  • Use of a tape recorder in class
    • DSP Student will be allowed to tape record in-class lectures (Recorder not provided by DSP)
  • Use of a word processor during essay exams
    • DSP Student will be allowed to use Laptop/Computer to type their exam/s

    • Students and faculty (or the department) should discuss the needs for each exam to decide if a word processor is needed. If a student has a laptop then this should be considered the first option for typing the exam when needed.
  • Use of Sign Language Interpreter or Real-time Captioner
    • DSP will coordinate the providing of an interpreter or captioner for in-class lectures when given timely notice
  • Use of E-Text
    • DSP Student will need to purchase course books which can then be converted by DSP to E-Text

    • This accommodation is for students requiring access to course readings in alternative format
  • Evaluation of in-class work should exclude spelling
    • DSP Student cannot be marked down for spelling errors on in-class assignments

    • Contact DSP immediately if doing so would compromise the integrity of the assignment/exam