Office of Student Life

Disability Services

Registration Process

Update on COVID-19 and SLDS Registration / Operations

In light of community directives to promote social distancing as a way to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19, we understand it may be difficult for you to obtain disability documentation for registration.  Please know that this is no cause to delay reaching out to our office. We are here to work with you.  Please contact SLDS if you have documentation concerns. 

SLDS is still operating Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. All appointments and services will be conducted via phone or virtually until further notice. SLDS Exam Services will not be proctoring exams while virtual instruction is in place at Ohio State. The Assistive Technology Computer Lab will be closed.   

Please note: Transient Illnesses, such as the cold or flu, do not typically rise to the level of a disability nor would they qualify a student for services with SLDS. Students who are exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19 should follow official guidance from health experts and work individually with their instructors to discuss any impacts to coursework. If your situation has unique circumstances, such as an interaction with pre-existing condition or requires prolonged hospitalization, please call (Phone: 614-292-3307; VP: 614-500-4445) or email SLDS to discuss appropriate next steps.  

Columbus campus students can register with Student Life Disability Services (SLDS) by following the steps below. (Regional campus students, click here for instructions on how to contact your regional office.)

Temporary Registrations

Students with a temporary injury (e.g. broken arm, concussion, surgery recovery) do not need to submit an application. Instead, call the office during business hours (M-F 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.). If your injury is not readily observable, such as a concussion, please have a doctor’s note or other relevant documentation ready to send via email.

Expedited Registrations

Starting autumn 2019, SLDS will offer an opt-in expedited registration process for students who are only requesting the following accommodations:

  • priority scheduling
  • 1.5x or 2x extended time on exams
  • distraction-reduced small group testing space
  • note-taking assistance

Expedited registrations do not require a Welcome Meeting, and therefore are typically processed faster than standard registrations. NOTE: Students requesting any accommodations outside of the above list do not qualify for expedited registration and therefore should follow the standard registration process below.  

If you qualify for expedited registration, these are the steps to opt-in:

  1. On your New Student Application, Question #1, indicate that you want to opt-in to expedited registration. In your application, be sure to (1) indicate your specific accommodation requests, and (2) upload disability documentation. For more details about how to complete the New Student Application and upload documentation, see Standard Registrations, Step 1 (below).
  2. You will receive a status update email within three business days of documentation receipt confirming your eligibility for expedited registration. At this point, your application is put into our expedited registration queue. If you are determined to not to be eligible for expedited registration, then the email will explain next steps for standard registration.
  3. Typically within one week, you will receive a separate email confirming that your registration is complete, including a list of your approved accommodations and next steps for how to request accommodations in your classes.

Standard Registrations

Step 1: Submit a New Student Application and upload documentation.

The New Student Application helps SLDS better understand the impacts of your disability and your accommodation requests. The application includes a file upload feature to provide SLDS with your disability documentation.

  • Important: Your application is not complete and cannot be processed until you have uploaded your disability documentation to your application (unless your disability is readily observable; see bullet point below). If you have any difficulties or questions related to submitting your application or uploading files, please contact SLDS. 
  • For guidance on the documentation required, review our Documentation Guidelines.
  • Click here to download our Disability Verification Form (which is one way that a medical professional can provide you with disability documentation).
  • Student veterans whose medical conditions are on file with the VA are encouraged to contact Ed Mathews, Ohio State VetSuccess on Campus Counselor. Ed can help verify your conditions on file with the VA and provide documentation to you in an expedited manner.
  • Students with readily observable disabilities (e.g. wheelchair user, white cane user) can contact SLDS after submitting your application in lieu of uploading documentation.
  • For assistance with the New Student Application, please review our Instructions page or contact SLDS.

Step 2: If approved, you will receive a “Schedule Your Welcome Meeting with SLDS” email to your Buckeyemail account.

  • To ensure that you do not miss important emails from SLDS, we encourage you to either (1) add the domain "" to your safe sender list (click here for Outlook 365 instructions), or (2) regularly check your junk mail folder.
  • Typically, these emails are sent within three business days of documentation receipt.
  • If not approved, the email will provide instructions for how to provide sufficient documentation.

Step 3: Schedule and (virtually) attend your Welcome Meeting.

  • The email you receive will indicate your assigned Access Specialist (based on your academic college/program). Though you may schedule with another member of the Access Specialist team for your Welcome Meeting if availability/timing is a concern.
  • During your Welcome Meeting, you will discuss your submitted application, barriers you experience in your academics, accommodations that would work best for you and steps for setting up those accommodations in your classes.
  • You are not officially registered with SLDS until after you have completed your Welcome Meeting.

If you have any questions about the registration process, please contact SLDS