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DAC Mission

Who we serve: The Disability Access Center (DAC) serves any enrolled student who meets the standard of a qualified individual with a disability (QID), regardless of whether temporarily or permanently disabled.

What we do: DAC ensures that qualified students with disabilities receive appropriate accommodations at Sac State. Examples of accommodations include:

  • Classroom Accommodations
  • Testing Accommodations
  • Housing Accommodations

Our Mission: In alignment with the University’s commitment to inclusivity and guided by applicable policies and legal regulations, The Disability Access Center (DAC) provides a comprehensive range of access services that facilitate equal educational opportunity for students with disabilities.

Our Vision: To equip our students with tools that foster positive disability identity, independence, and self-advocacy that prepare them for meaningful, productive lives.

Our Philosophy: DAC views disability as a positive identity that has been marginalized by ableist ideology. As such, disabled individuals are entitled to civil rights just as any marginalized identity. Civil rights, disability rights, and disability justice movements were led by disabled individuals, making possible the passing of the regulations for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the ADA Amendment Act.

Applying for Accommodations at Sac State

DAC looks forward to assisting you with your accommodation needs.

How to Apply:

  1. Click the DAC Student Portal button below
  2. Click "Apply for Services"
  3. Answer the short questionnaire
  4. Upload your documentation
  5. Agree and Submit
  6. You will receive a confirmation email to your CSUS Email account within 24 hours.
  7. You will receive a notification that your Disability Access Center profile has been activated within three business days of submitting your application.
  8. You will then be informed that you need to make an appointment with an Access Coordinator via your portal to review your documentation, accommodation requests and any forms required to provide approved accommodations.
  9. In some cases, the requested accommodations may require additional medical documentation.
  10. Once accommodations have been approved by an Access Coordinator, then you will be able to request via your portal, that accommodation letters be sent to designated faculty.

Please be aware that from start to finish the intake process can take several weeks, we recommend that students apply as soon as they know they may need accommodations.

Once you have been approved for accommodations, the renewal process only takes a few clicks each semester.

Documentation Guidelines

DAC requests documentation regarding your current functional limitations and their impact on the learning environment. We recommend the following documentation:

Once you are ready to apply for services:

Student Portal

Transfer Student Information

In addition to medical documentation or learning disability assessments, you are encouraged to submit copies of accommodation letters used at previous institutions. The Disability Access Center will engage in an interactive process with you to determine appropriate accommodations at Sac State. If you are unable to locate your medical documentation, you should contact your previous college/university to request copies of the documents used to qualify for accommodations.

The Disability Access Center is excited to serve our transfer student population. It is important to note that accommodations do not automatically transfer from one institution to another, as each post-secondary institution has its own processes for approving accommodations and providing resources.

Transition Guide

CCE Student Information

College of Continuing Education (CCE)

CCE students must work with the CCE HR Specialist to be initially referred to DAC. CCE students may request assistance with getting copies of their CCE enrollment schedule each semester from the CCE HR Specialist, as evidence of enrollment will be required by DAC each semester to provide accommodations. The CCE HR Specialist contact information and accommodation process are located at the CCE Website.

CCE Website

Renewing Accommodations Each Term

Each term students are responsible for requesting accommodation letters to be sent to their faculty via the Online Portal. Once requested by the student via the Online Portal, the accommodation letters are automatically delivered to the faculty via the Online Portal. Faculty will be expecting an accommodation letter dated for the current semester otherwise accommodation will not be provided.

Accommodations are not retroactive. So, request approved accommodations as soon as possible.

If accommodations need to be changed/updated, the request must be approved by your designated Access Coordinator before submitting a request to have an accommodation letter be sent. If approved, the change will be reflected in the Online Portal.

If you are ready to renew your accommodations for the current semester.

  1. Click the DAC Student Portal
  2. Click Request Accommodation Letters
  3. Click the Accommodations button
  4. Choose which classes you would like to send an accommodation letter to
  5. Hit Submit

Student Portal

Priority Registration

Priority Registration is not automatically approved for students registered with the Disability Access Center. Instead, priority registration is an accommodation that can be applied for by students who have disability-related symptoms, and/or medical appointments that adversely affect their ability to take classes on certain days or times. Priority registration does not guarantee that the required courses will be offered on days and/or times that best-fit students' needs.

Complaints

Complaint Resolution Process

Disability Access Center would appreciate the opportunity to address in an informal manner any complaints or concerns regarding alleged academic inaccessibility, discrimination, retaliation, and/or accommodations based on disability, However, students have the right to follow any of the Complaint Resolution processes below at any time.

Rights

You have the right to an accessible campus, including all University-related activities and programs, as stated in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADAAA). Additional legislation pertaining to the right to an accessible education can be found in the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, specifically Sections 504 and 508.

Responsibilities

Follow established Disability Access Center processes (website) for arranging and using academic accommodations each semester.

Resources

Complaints regarding accommodation approvals should first be directed to the Access Coordinator working directly with the student. If a concern relates to an Access Coordinator, then concerns may be addressed to the Disability Access Center Director at
dac@csus.edu, along with any new information or additional documentation for review.

Should there continue to be disagreement regarding how the Disability Access Center has approved, deferred or ensured academic accommodations, then an appeal may be made with the Vice President of Student Affairs.

Complaint Procedures for Students

Should there be the belief that discrimination on the basis of disability, by anyone on campus has occurred, a complaint may be filed with the CSUS Office for Equal Opportunity (OEO)

The Office for Civil Rights, a department within the U.S. Department of Education, ensures compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you feel you have experienced discrimination based on disability, please refer to the Questions and Answers on OCR's Complaint Process. Discrimination complaints may be filed with the US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR): 50 Beale Street, Suite 7200, San Francisco, CA 94105-1813; Telephone: 415-486-5555.U.S. Department of Education.

Disability Access Center will make appropriate arrangements to ensure accommodations, if needed, to access any of the grievance processes. No faculty or staff member of CSUS may intimidate, threaten, coerce, or retaliate against anyone who files a complaint regarding a right enforced by the California State University Chancellor's Office Executive Order 1097 and Executive Order 1111, or who cooperates in such an investigation. Anyone who believes that he or she has been intimidated or retaliated against should refer to Executive Order 1097 and Executive Order 1111 for further guidance.

Policies

The CSU Chancellor's Office - Policy addressing accommodations and support services for students with disabilities: AA-2014-08 - Policy for the Provision of Accommodations & Support Services to Students with Disabilities (PDF)

The CSU Chancellor's Office - Policies addressing discrimination and disability rights, including disability discrimination:

Complaint Procedures for Students