Course Load Accommodations
Course Load Reduction
A course load reduction is generally defined as being registered for fewer than twelve (12) hours for undergraduate students, and fewer than nine (9) for graduate students in a given semester. However, individual colleges and/or programs may maintain different standards. SDS approves course load reductions on a semester-by-semester basis, and students are encouraged to arrange this accommodation early in the registration process. SDS may recommend a reduced course load however, auxiliary services (such as federal financial aid, personal insurance, non-University sponsored scholarships, etc.) may be affected. Requests made after the established University deadlines for dropping a course will be accepted only under extreme circumstances. Students must follow university procedures to receive proper approval to drop the course. University deadlines cannot be altered.
Students with documented disabilities may qualify for a course substitution. Course substitutions apply only to the USF General Education Requirements. To apply for a course substitution, the student must:
1. Be registered with SDS for accommodations
2. Present documentation from a qualified medical provider that supports the substitution request
3. Present a completed SDS Petition for Course Substitution Accommodation form
Students registered with SDS may need to consider their disability and related accommodations when planning for classes. Priority registration may be necessary for students to plan for such factors as additional testing time, additional time to move between classes, coordination of a class schedule with medical needs, advance planning for interpreting and/or captioning services, travel time between classes, etc. Priority registration allows undergraduate students with documented disabilities to have access to the University's registration system during the first "open" registration time. With early access to the registration system, undergraduate students have more flexibility in choosing the times and locations of classes and thus can better make accommodations for a disability.