How to Register with OSA
Welcome to Student Accessibility
The Office of Student Accessibility (OSA) seeks to accommodate students with documented disabilities to allow them equal standing in educational endeavors. This office is committed to upholding the integrity and standards of our Pepperdine academic programs by leveling the playing field and assisting students in navigating barriers to their pursuit of education.
Students must register with Student Accessibility in order to receive accommodations. Students are welcome to refer to office staff at any time with questions about accommodations or navigating barriers to fully experiencing all that Pepperdine has to offer.
Complete these three steps to request accommodations.
Complete an online inquiry to begin the process of registering your disability with this office.
After completing the online inquiry, students will receive the following in an email to guide them in providing appropriate documentation. Students should upload said documentation to their file through Wavenet (instructions will be in the email):
- Documentation/Disability Verification Form: The Disability Verification Form is a tool that students may use to provide guidance to medical or psychological professionals regarding the information needed to complete the file. Please choose the form(s) most appropriate to your needs. There are three types of Disability Verification Forms including:
- Disability Verification Form - General
- Disability Verification Form - Emotional Support Animal (ESA)
- Disability Verification Form - Housing Accommodation
Accommodation letters should be included in the documentation submitted for those who have received prior accommodations in high school, other undergraduate or graduate institutions, or on the ACT/SAT/GMAT/LSAT etc.
Once documentation has been sent to the office, call 310.506.6500 to schedule a conversation with one of the Accessibility Specialists. This conversation is designed to give the directors a narrative about a student's disability and the barriers it presents to their education. The student and specialist will together discern how Pepperdine can best support the student.
In most cases, students may expect a written communication from OSA within five to ten business days of meeting with the Accessibility Specialist. This communication will include either an accommodation decision, a request for more information, or instructions on next steps. Students choose with whom to share this letter. Accommodations will not be offered until a letter is presented to professors or appropriate staff.
Students' relationship with this office is dynamic—office staff want to hear from students if accommodations are not working, if students need additional support, or accommodations are working well. Office staff are happy to support students as they discuss their needs with professors.
Additionally, all communication with Student Accessibility is confidential. Staff will not disclose a student's affiliation with this office without permission.
Please note: If you are registered with OSA and would like to request additional accommodations, please submit updated documentation as appropriate. You may contact email@example.com to schedule a conversation with one of our Accessibility Specialists to discuss your changing needs.