How To Request and Use Accommodations: School of Dentistry

UCSF is committed to assisting learners with disabilities reach their full potential and succeed in our educational environment. At the core of these procedures are two themes for registering and requesting disability accommodations. One is UCSF’s commitment to protecting the privacy of all learners. The second is that early communication with the relevant course directors and administrators is critical to a successful partnership in arranging accommodations.

How To Register for Accommodations

  1. Obtain your eligibility letter from Student Disability Services (SDS). The SDS office can be reached at (415) 476-6595 or
  2. Make an appointment with Associate Dean, Education and Student Affairs, Dorothy A. Perry,, (415) 476-1323, to provide her a copy of the eligibility letter and to discuss your accommodations. Associate Dean Perry will notify your course directors that you are eligible for accommodations.
  3. Even though Associate Dean Perry will have notified your course directors of your eligibility for accommodations, it is your responsibility to speak individually with each course director at the start of each quarter to request and set up the accommodations. Failure on your part to speak with your course directors directly could jeopardize your ability to receive your approved accommodations in a timely manner.
  4. If you need assistance setting up accommodations, please contact Student Services Manager Burton Ober at or (415) 514-1147. Questions about accommodation policy should be addressed to Associate Dean Perry (
  5. For note taking and alternate format media accommodations, follow procedures outlined by SDS in advance of each block. Remember that this process often takes 4-6 weeks.


How To Register for Accommodations in the Clinical Setting

  1. Accommodations in the clinical setting are determined separately from those for the didactic/classroom setting. If you believe you may need accommodations in the clinical setting, discuss your concerns with SDS and make a request for clinical accommodations as early as possible (
  2. SDS will work with Associate Dean Perry and other relevant faculty at School of Dentistry to determine if the requested accommodations are reasonable and that the request does not alter an essential feature of the curriculum or technical standards. If clinical accommodations are approved, the student will work with Associate Dean Perry and Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs, Mark Kirkland to implement them.