Priority Registration

Priority Registration

Priority Registration is an accommodation that is approved when determined necessary to allow a student with a documented disability to have access to a schedule that accommodates specific disability-related needs.  Priority Registration requests are reviewed and approved by DSP on an individual, case-by-case basis through an interactive process between DSP and the student.  Eligibility for this accommodation is based on appropriate documentation of a disability, and an evident link between the functional limitations of that disability and the need for Priority Registration as an accommodation in order to allow the student equal access to the learning environment.

Policy Overview

Eligibility for this accommodation is based on appropriate documentation of a disability according to the University’s documentation guidelines, and an evident link between the functional limitations of that disability and the need for Priority Registration as an accommodation in order to allow the student equal access to the educational experience.  The University will give priority consideration to the specific accommodation(s) requested by a student, but cannot guarantee that a particular accommodation will be granted if the University determines it is not reasonable or that other suitable methods are available to ensure equal access to the learning environment.

Students who may qualify for Priority Registration typically include, but are not limited to:

  • Students whose disability imposes classroom access constraints due to mobility, speed, stamina, and/or endurance across setting or time of day.
  • Students with significant or chronic medical conditions, or those following a strict medication or treatment regimen impacting their ability to attend classes at certain times of day.
  • Students who frequently arrange for on and off-campus service providers (e.g. personal care assistants, outpatient treatment programs, etc).
  • Students who use services or accommodations that require significant planning and action steps on the part of DSP (i.e. Alternative Text, Classroom Scheduling, Interpreters, CART, accessible classroom furniture, etc.)

If approved, Priority Registration allows for Undergraduate students to register for courses on the first day the Registration Period opens for the following semester.  New/Incoming USC students approved for this accommodation will not be able to register before their Advising & Orientation session, but will have Priority Registration activated for them in the following semesters.  The Priority Registration accommodation may be relevant for some, but not all, graduate programs.  For Graduate Students, the review process for this accommodation would include input from the student, Staff and Faculty advisors from the program of study, and the DSP in order to determine if this accommodation was relevant and would appropriately accommodate the student’s area(s) of limitation.

Students approved for this accommodation will automatically have their names and registration status forwarded to the Registrar by DSP one week prior to the start of the Registration Period.  The Registrar will process the revised registration standing for the student, which will be reflected in the student’s on-line account.  Please note that it may take up to several days before Registration begins for the student’s Registration date/time to reflect the accommodation.

Accommodation Request Process

To initiate the accommodation request/review process, a student should submit a request for Priority Registration and appropriate documentation at least 3 weeks before the first day of registration to allow for the documentation review process to be complete and any relevant approval information to be processed by the Registrar’s office.

Any requests received one week or less before Registration opens will be reviewed and considered for the following term’s Registration Period.  Requests for Priority Registration will not be approved for the current Registration Period once Registration has begun.

Important notes

  • Students approved for Priority Registration must still meet all University, College and Departmental policies and requirements. Students should check their records and address any academic holds and permission-to-register actions (i.e. required advising meetings, etc) prior to their registration date.
  • Priority registration does not exempt students from meeting pre-requisite or class-standing requirements for courses. Further, it does not grant access to restricted or closed courses or sections.
  • Priority Registration does not guarantee availability of classes or provision of courses/sections at specific times.