Office of Student Disability Services

The Office of Student Disability Services (OSDS) serves students with disabilities and temporary injuries in managing the varying demands of the University experience.  In addition to serving students, the staff assists the University community in making programs, services, and activities accessible for everyone.

For students registered with OSDS, visit the Students Registered with OSDS page for request forms/links.

To apply for accommodations, you should start the application process as soon as you are admitted to the University.  Please visit the Apply for Accommodations page for more information.

Student Application Process


News and Opportunities

Your Voice Matters!

The Office of Student Disability Services are inviting USC Students to attend a focus group with John Dozier, Chief Diversity Officer for the university. The purpose of these focus groups are to discuss changing the name of the Office of Student Disability Services and we would like to hear from you!

The focus groups will be meeting on November 10th at 10:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. in the Russell House.

View the Voice Matters invitation card or contact Lisa McCoy at lmccoy@mailbox.sc.edu.


Be Ready for Early Registration!

  1. Advisement time is here – meet with your advisor to have academic hold lifted.
  2. Call your major department if you’re unsure who your advisor is.
  3. Your EARLY REGISTRATION DATE should be shown as November 7th. IF NOT, email your OSDS coordinator or main office at sasds@mailbox.sc.edu with your NAME and VIP number.

Don’t forget:
  • You must be advised and cleared to register by your major.
  • We are NOT able to lift holds placed by other offices.
  • We are NOT able to grant overrides into classes with major/class restrictions.
  • We are NOT able to grant overrides into classes which are full.

If you would like to meet with your coordinator to review your classes AFTER you have met with your advisor, please contact the office and schedule and appointment.


Hurricane Season

FEMA resources are available that can help you be prepared for natural disasters such as hurricanes during this hurricane season we’re currently in. One of our best resources is FEMA’s free mobile app that provides weather warnings and alerts for users. It can also provide the location of any open shelters in the area. This app is available at both the Google Play and Apple App Stores.

Visit Ready.gov to find additional resources related to Individuals with Disabilities and Access and Functional Needs.


South Carolina Athletics Clear Bag Policy

As the 2016-2017 academic year begins, a new “Clear Bag Policy” will now be enforced at all ticketed athletic events (e.g., baseball/softball, basketball, football, soccer, volleyball). View the Clear Bag Policy webpage for more details. Medically necessary items information is found within the FAQ’s section.


Volunteer to be a Note Taker!

You can be a note taker for a fellow Gamecock student that would greatly appreciate your assistance. This can be used for community service hours and to build your resume, so find out more on how to become part of our note taker services!


Interested in becoming involved in a student organization on campus?

Join Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society today! For more information, visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delta-Alpha-Pi-at-University-of-South-Carolina-Pi-Chapter/292086887479546.