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Disability Support Services
The San Francisco Conservatory of Music is committed to providing qualified students an equal opportunity to attain an education regardless of disability. The Conservatory affords reasonable accommodations and aids to students with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and California law.
Disability Accommodation Registration Process for Students
Each student bears the responsibility for initiating and documenting a disability-related request for accommodation. It is recommended that students begin the disability accommodation registration process at least two weeks before the start of each semester, although the Conservatory will consider the merits of each request at the time the request is received. Students who request accommodation of a disability should contact the Associate Dean for Student Life, who will assist and advise them in their registration and accommodation request procedures.
Upon contacting the Associate Dean, the student will be required to submit reasonable medical documentation supporting the registration and accommodations request, in addition to completing internal forms related to disability registration and accommodation request. Recent diagnostic testing documentation from the appropriate health professional should reflect the nature of and present level of disability, how the disability affects the student's needs in a music conservatory, and how the requested accommodations will resolve the needs. The Conservatory has the discretion to determine what type of professional documentation is necessary, and this may vary depending on the nature of the disability and/or accommodation and other circumstances. All records related to disability and accommodation registration are confidential and private.
Once appropriate documentation has been received, the Associate Dean and Dean's Office will work with the student and determine the appropriate accommodations or aids. The Associate Dean and Dean's Office make the final decision regarding the request for accommodation or aid. If the student agrees with the decision, the Associate Dean will discuss the accommodations and appropriate implementation of such with faculty members in whose courses the student has requested the accommodation or aid. It should be noted that the Associate Dean will not disclose legally confidential, health-related information, unless such information is appropriate in order to assist with implementing the accommodation or aid.
Disability Services Resources
Students seeking support in finding diagnostic testing for learning disabilities should contact the Associate Dean for Student Life. Students are responsible for all fees associated with diagnostic testing.
For more information, please refer to the Student Handbook .