If you have a disability that impacts your ability to live in the standard housing environment, you can request a housing accommodation to modify the existing living environment (e.g. an ADA accessible room, debunked bed, visual fire alarm, etc.). For more information about how to request housing accommodations please visit our Housing Accommodation page.
If you need a lighter course load for disability-related reasons, the DRC can authorize you for the Part-Time Program. Part-time is 10 units or less. Requests for Part-Time Program must be made by the published deadline, usually within the first three weeks of the quarter. If you receive financial aid, contact the Financial Aid office to inquire how the Part-Time Program may affect you.
In addition to our services, we can refer you to other helpful resources. We can provide referrals to local qualified clinicians who can provide comprehensive testing and evaluation for learning disabilities or ADHD if you suspect you have a learning disability or if your documentation is outdated or incomplete. We can give you information on support groups and disability related organizations in the community. We can also provide referrals to other on-campus resources such as the Career Center, student clubs, the Health Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, Learning Support Services and more.
UC Santa Cruz has a "no pet" policy. Exceptions are made for service animals as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act/ Fair Housing Act/ FEHA:
"Service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.... Examples of work or tasks include, but are not limited to, assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, providing non-violent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, and helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors."
Requests for emotional support animals (animals that individuals with disabilities utilize for emotional support, well-being, or comfort) are reviewed on a case-by-case basis in housing and employment situations only. Please refer to our Service Animal FAQ page or contact the DRC at (831)459-2089 for more information.
University Faculty, Staff or Students may ask two questions of a person with an animal: (1) Is the animal required because of a disability? (2) What work or task has the animal been trained to perform? Generally, staff will not make inquiries about a service animal when it is readily apparent that an animal is trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability (e.g., the dog is observed guiding an individual who is blind, pulling a person's wheelchair, or providing assistance with stability or balance to an individual with an observable mobility disability).
For the University policy, including definitions, please visit the UC Santa Cruz Service/Support Animal Policy. For further information, please refer to the UCSC ADA website. For further guidance on service animals, visit the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
The DRC can authorize parking and/or Disability Van Service accommodations for those who have a legitimate disability related need for that assistance.
For those who have DMV handicapped placards or cannot use the Disability Van Service for disability-related reasons, parking authorizations can be obtained from the DRC. For more information on campus policy regarding disability parking, go to Disabled Parking.
If you use a wheelchair or have problems with stairs or hills, check out the ADA Compliance website to find out more about campus access, including the UCSC Wheelchair User’s Survival Guide. This guide shows the most accessible routes on campus.