For every disability that requires consideration for an accommodation, you must have documentation from a treating physician.
Let's Get Started
In order to be recognized as a student with a disability and receive the appropriate accommodations, you must be registered with our office.
When to Register
You can register with the center at any time. Registration is not limited to the beginning of a semester. However, you cannot register retroactively for grades during a previous semester. The application process can take two weeks or more to complete, so please register as soon as possible.
Who Should Apply
You should consider applying if you:
- have been admitted as a student to the University of South Carolina
- have a documented disability that significantly affects major life functions
- had an IEP in high school
- are a client of Vocational Rehabilitation, Commission for the Blind or other similar agency
- were registered with disability services at another college
The student seeking accommodations should complete the application, and not a parent or guardian.
Note that this process will be different than registering in high school.
1. Complete the application.
When you are asked about your disability in the application, think about the following:
- How does the disability affect your experiences, learning, reading/writing, housing, dining, technology use, etc.?
- What are your limitations?
- What tools facilitate your success?
2. Include documentation related to your disability.
You must submit documentation from a current treating physician that:
- is on letterhead
- includes your name and date of birth on all documentation
- is signed and dated
- states a diagnosis or diagnoses
- provides support for the diagnosis and how it meets the definition of a person with a disability under the ADA
Submit your documentation with the online application form or:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Deliver in Person: LeConte College, Room 112A
- Fax: 803-777-6741
- Ask your provider to submit the documentation directly to us
3. Schedule your orientation.
Once your application is processed, you will receive an email from our office requesting
that you call 803-777-6142 to schedule your orientation. You must complete this step
to access disability services.
4. Attend your orientation.
If you are an incoming student in the fall, consider scheduling your orientation on the day before or after your USC orientation. This may require an extra night on campus. To adjust your reservation on campus, visit Self Service Carolina and select Orientation Services to modify the number of days you will stay. You may schedule up to three consecutive nights in housing.
Separation of USC Admissions and Disability Accommodations
The Student Disability Resource Center is not involved in the university admissions process. We only work with students after they have been admitted to the university.
We cannot help you get admitted to the university if your GPA or SAT/GRE scores are too low, or help you get in a specific program at USC.
Disability is not considered in the admissions process. Students may choose to share information related to disabilities in admissions essays.
Any information sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions about your disability will not be forward. You must submit documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center to apply for accommodations.
Please call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 803-777-7700 with questions.
You’ve been there for your student. Now “being there” means allowing and encouraging your student to manage his or her responsibilities, needs and disability. Only the most extreme circumstances, such as those that seriously threaten the health of the student, allow for direct parental or other family involvement.
Waiver to Share Information
Students can sign a waiver in our main office to share information with parents. However, even if the student has signed this waiver, the office may still only communicate with parents or other parties with the student present.
USC student experiencing a temporary injury that negatively impacts your ability to succeed in the classroom may qualify for assistance. Your application for accommodations should include documentation from a qualified medical professional about the nature of your injury and how long you will need assistance. Once your application has been reviewed, we will notify you by phone or email about your status.
Types of Assistance
- adapted van for campus transportation
- extended time on tests
- audio recorders
- test proctoring