Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSPS) at College of San Mateo - Frequently Asked Questions by Students
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Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSPS)

Woman at desk being asked questionsFrequently Asked Questions by Students

Q. If I am qualified for services through the DRC, will that show up on my transcripts?

A. No. There will be no mention of your disability on any school records.

Q. Am I required to register with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) just because I have a disability?

A. No. The only time you are required to register with DRC is if you are requesting a service or services.

Q. How can I apply for DRC services?

A. Please contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) at 574-6438 to make an appointment to see DRC certificated staff, and bring a completed DRC Service Request, along with any supporting documentation to your initial appointment. If you would like additional information about the DRC and services please complete the DRC Interest Form.

Q. What kinds of services does the DRC provide?

A. The services we provide depend upon the nature and severity of each individual's disability. Services may include:

  • counseling
  • priority registration
  • interpreters/captioners for the hearing impaired
  • learning disabilities assessment
  • adapted physical education
  • assistive computer technology training
  • instructional materials in alternate formats
  • seating accommodations
  • test taking accommodations
  • note taking assistance

To find out what kinds of services you may qualify for, please complete the DRC Service Request, and meet with DRC certificated staff.

Q. What is matriculation?

A. Every student should have an educational goal, a reason for going to college. Matriculation is the process that allows the college and you to form a partnership which helps you attain that goal. We ask you to commit yourself to an educational objective and we will commit ourselves in assisting you to succeed.  A counselor is available to help you develop a Student Education Plan (S.E.P.) for your course of study. How to apply and enroll at CSM.

Q. Do I always have to see a DRC Certificated Staff before registering for the next semester?

A. In order to be eligible for Priority Registration, you should meet with DRC Certificated Staff to review your academic status, update your S.E.P and discuss any individual needs.

Q. Are special parking arrangements available?

A. If you have a temporary mobility impairment, you may be eligible for a Temporary Parking Permit.  Arrange to see DRC Certificated Staff to discuss your needs around parking. Be sure to bring your regular parking permit number. If you will need long term parking accommodations you will need to get a disabled parking placard from the DMV.

Q. Where can I park on campus if I have a DMV placard?

A. If you have a state issued placard, you are authorized to park in any designated disabled parking spaces and any spaces in our metered lots (visitor parking).  You do not need a college parking permit to park in those spaces.

Q. What should I do if I think I have a learning disability?

A. First, complete the DRC Service Request, then make an appointment to see DRC Certificated Staff to discuss your concerns. The staff you meet with will most likely want to explore your academic and medical history. You will be given a referral for further assessment, if it looks like a learning disability might be effecting your academic success.

Q. What are the hours of the DRC?

A. During the Fall and Spring semesters, the DRC is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00 am to 12:00 pm Fridays. Please call 574-6438 for hours during semester breaks or Summer.