Academic Accommodations

Students may request accommodations at any time while enrolled at Occidental College. However, it is recommended that students register for accommodations prior to, or within the first 2 weeks of the semester commencing. All requests will be evaluated by the Disability Services Office. Accommodations and services are determined on a case-by-case basis.

To receive accommodations and support services, you must be an admitted Occidental student, and take the following steps.

1. Fill out a request form and submit disability documentation

Submit a Request for Accommodation Form and upload your supporting documentation prior to scheduling an appointment. You may also email your documentation directly, or fax to our office at (323) 341-4927. Students without documentation are invited to discuss their specific situation with a Dean of Students staff member. Disability documentation should contain a specific diagnosis indicating whether the disability is temporary or permanent and concise description of the functional limitations imposed by your disability. All documentation should be provided in English and be legible. If the original documentation is in another language, the student will need to provide a translated copy. A psycho-educational evaluation is the recommended documentation for students with learning disabilities and/or ADHD.

Documentation may also be submitted in person to the Dean of Students Office on the main floor of Berkus Hall or mailed to:

Disability Services Office
Occidental College - Berkus Hall 
1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, CA 90041

2. Schedule an intake appointment

Once your documentation has been received and reviewed, a Disabiity Services staff member will contact you to schedule a one-hour intake appointment to determine approved accommodations.
Returning students are required to schedule a 30-minute appointment to renew accommodations at the start of each new academic year.

3. Meet with a Disability Services staff member

A staff member will help determine which accommodations you are eligible to receive based on your disability-related functional limitations. In this intake meeting, all accommodation policies and procedures pertaining to your accommodation plan will be reviewed and made available.

4. Share your Accommodation Letter with your professors

Following your intake meeting, the Disability Services Office will email you a PDF copy of your Accommodation Letter, listing your approved accommodations. It is the your responsibility to send your Accommodation Letter to your instructors in a timely manner and to arrange any accommodations that will involve instructor collaboration, such as additional time on exams.

Contact the Disability Services Office if you have any questions or concerns regarding your accommodations, if you have difficulty arranging your accommodations, or if there are needed changes to your plan at any point during the academic year.

5. Develop a success plan

Ultimate success for your academic and personal development at Oxy begins with a plan. Set up a follow-up appointment with a Dean of Students staff member, or with an academic success coach to get started and learn about additional resources.