Welcome to the Office of Disability Support Services

2021 Spring Semester

DSS services are virtual at this time. Please call 302-831-4643 during business hours (8am-5pm Monday-Friday) or email dssoffice@udel.edu for assistance.

Students should request accommodations for Spring and send Faculty Notification emails through SAM. For any spring classes that will be taught online, DSS will also notify UD Online of your testing accommodations, so they can be provided to you in the online testing platform.

Accommodations and Testing

Stay tuned for more information about the DSS Testing Center opening on a limited basis in Spring 2021. Due to COVID-19 safety guidelines, seat capacity will be significantly limited in the testing center and will be appointment only.  Until further notice, all testing accommodations will be administered by faculty. Please reach out to your professors to alert them if you require testing accommodations. Our office is available to support any student and/or instructor to address specific questions or concerns.

Below are frequently asked questions to address common queries about the spring semester:

How to Register with DSS

We’re happy you have chosen to attend UD and are eager to assist you while you are here. The Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) provides accommodations and services to incoming and current UD students with disabilities, psychological or medical conditions, or temporary injuries that limit their access to the UD environment.

Some examples of the academic accommodations and services we provide are testing accommodations (e.g. reduced distraction testing environment, extended time, etc.), alternative print media, and assistive technology.

In order to receive accommodations through DSS, you will need to submit documentation verifying the presence of a disability or chronic medical condition, and meet with an Accommodation Coordinator to determine what accommodations will be most helpful for you.  Documentation establishes the individual as a person with specific functional limitations and provides a rationale for reasonable accommodations.

Students should use the Student Accommodation Manger (SAM) to register with the DSS office.  Students can use SAM to review accommodations, request faculty notification emails, schedule exams, and request books in alternate formats.

Housing for Academic Year 2021-22

If you have general questions about the 2021-22 housing application process, please visit the Residence Life & Housing website for important updates and information.

  • Returning Students – If there are NO changes to the accommodations you previously requested, you ONLY need to complete page 2 “Student Section” of the Housing Accommodation Request Form (PDF).  If NEW accommodations are being requested, the “Housing Accommodation Request Form” will need to be completed by a doctor requesting the new/different accommodations.  Send the completed information by email to dssoffice@udel.edu or drop off in person to the DSS office. DO NOT upload this form in SAM.
  • Incoming Students – Complete and submit the Housing Accommodation Request Form (PDF) to the DSS office by email to dssoffice@udel.edu or by fax to 302-831-3261. During the pandemic, please do not mail or drop off the paperwork to the DSS Office. DO NOT upload this form in SAM.