Graduate Division

UCSF is committed to ensuring access to graduate education for all students. Early communication with the relevant program directors and the Graduate Division liaison Dr. Elizabeth Silva; [email protected]; is critical to a successful partnership in arranging accommodations. We encourage students with disabilities to disclose to the Office of Student Disability Services. SDS is the appropriate and confidential office for seeking accommodations, and will coordinate communications and procedures with you and the graduate faculty and programs.

Accommodations (Quarterly Steps)

  1. SDS will work with your program director, faculty and Dr. Silva to determine if the requested accommodations are reasonable within the classroom and lab.

  2. Once you are registered with SDS and your request has been approved, you will be provided with a copy of your accommodation letter that describes your eligibility for services and outlines your accommodations. A copy will also be sent to the program director and graduate division liaison.

  3. Students will collaborate with your Student Disability Services advisor, and Dr. Silva, to notify your instructors and/or advisors of your accommodations.

  4. It is important to keep in mind that accommodations for didactic, lab, and qualifying exams may be different. Please communicate with SDS as these requirements change.

Accommodations in the Clinical Setting 

Accommodations in the clinical setting may vary in availability from those in the didactic/classroom setting. SDS will work with Dr. Silva to determine if the requested accommodations are reasonable and do not alter essential outcomes of the program requirements or technical standards.

If there are any questions or concerns, please contact SDS and/or Dr. Silva immediately, and we will engage in the interactive process to resolve the concern.