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Student Accessibility Services at UC Merced exists to ensure the institution has a mechanism for students, staff and faculty to provide equal access to education for students living with disabilities. We organize the campus’s response to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1974, and arrange for academic adjustments as called for by both laws.

All students submit current documentation from a qualified clinician (medical doctor, psychiatrist, psychologist, licensed educational psychologist, etc.) which states the functional limitations of the condition the student is living with. If these limitations rise to the level of a disability, appropriate accommodations are determined and approved by the Student Accessibility Services staff. Each student is evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and is provided with a set of guidelines to follow prior to activating their accommodations.

Providing accommodations for students with disabilities is a shared responsibility between the student, Student Accessibility Services, and the faculty or academic department.

Student Responsibility

  • Accommodation Letter to Faculty
    • Students are responsible for ensuring accommodation letters are delivered to faculty members
  • Timely Requests
    • Students are responsible for submitting requests in a timely manner to ensure requests and deadlines can be met
  • Meeting with faculty before exams (strongly recommended)

Institutional Responsibility for Providing Accommodations to Students with Disabilities

SAS Responsibility

  • Organizing and scheduling exam accommodations
  • Hiring, training, and  scheduling proctors for individuals registered with Student Accessibility Services

Faculty/Academic Department Responsibility

  • Responding to accommodation requests and email notifications


Guide for Instructors of Students with Disabilities Brochure

Schedule Your Final Exams!

Our office is now scheduling accommodated exams for finals! Email your finals schedule to or come in person to our office (ACS 140) to schedule your final exams. Please try to schedule your final exams before Wednesday, May 1st 2024. More information about how to email your finals schedule featured on the the home page of MyAccess portal. Good luck on finals!