FAQ

1. Do I need to register with OSD at the time that I register with the University?

It is encouraged that you register early with OSD so that support services may begin promptly. If you plan to begin at Cal State LA in the fall semester, we encourage you to attend an OSD Information Sessions to get started early.

2. I have completed all my requirements for transferring to Cal State LA at my community college except for mathematics; may I still transfer and complete the math requirement at Cal State LA?

CSU Executive Order 665 mandates that all students intending to transfer to Cal State LA regardless of disability must complete the GE Mathematics requirement prior to attending the first semester.

3. I was tested for a learning disability at the last community college that I attended; do I have to be tested again at Cal State LA?

Typically, student learning disability or psychological assessments should not be more than three years old. However, the Disability Management Specialist/Counselor will review all documentation to determine if reassessment is required. NOTE: OSD at Cal State LA does not provide learning and/or psychological assessments.

4. At my community college I used to have a variety of accommodations. Will I be able to get those same accommodations at Cal State LA?

If your disability or diagnosis warrants the use of the same or similar accommodations, and your documentation supports the accommodations, it may be provided at Cal State LA. However, all accommodations used at a community college do not automatically transfer. Accommodations are reviewed and decided on a case-by-case basis.

5. Do you have transportation for students with mobility impairments to and from class?

Cal State LA does not provide such transportation. However, we recommend that students with mobility impairments take advantage of the Priority Registration to better schedule classes and give you additional time to get from one class to another.

6.  Can I get a tutor through OSD?

Unfortunately, OSD does not provide tutoring services. Tutors are available through the University Tutorial Center. Additionally, as a student registered with the OSD, you may be eligible to schedule a standing tutoring appointment and additional tutoring time.

7.  Does OSD provide financial assistance to students with disabilities?  

No. The Office for Student Financial Aid will provide financial assistance to eligible students.

8.  Is a student required to divulge the nature of the disability?

No, students are not required to disclose the nature of their disabilities or to provide copies of their disability documentation to any entity other than OSD. However, if a student is experiencing symptoms as a result of a diagnosis that impact classroom attendance some support documentation may be required for faculty. Being registered with OSD can help better facilitate this process.

9.  Do I need to accommodate the student's disability without any written verification from the OSD?

No. Students who have been verified for services have received written confirmation from OSD. If a student does not have written confirmation and is not registered, please refer them to our office in the Administration Building, Room 127. If you choose to provide a student with reasonable accommodations, you may do so at your own discretion, however, we do encourage accommodations to be facilitated by our office.

10.  Student Conduct

All students, regardless of disability status, are required to meet the provisions of the California State University Los Angeles Student Code of Conduct and the academic expectations contained in your syllabus. Students are expected to behave civilly, attend class and participate appropriately just as their non-disabled peers. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that reasonable accommodations be made for eligible students but faculty are not required to modify academic standards to accommodate inappropriate or disruptive behavior.