Checklist for Current COD Students Applying for DSPS​

To help you get started as a DSPS student at College of the Desert, please complete the checklist below for Current COD Students. If you need assistance, contact Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) at 760-773-2534 or email the DSPS office (

Please note: Students who have missed consecutive Fall and Spring semesters must reapply in order to register for the next semester. If you have changed your name since you last attended, please be sure to update your information by clicking on Admissions and Records Forms.

  1. Verification of Disability - 760-773-2534. Email DSPS copies of your disability documents and/or medical records related to your disability(s). Examples include the most recent testing, psychological, triennial report, IEP, 504 plan, audiological report and/or doctor’s verification. The Disability Verification Form (opens pdf), if applicable, is to be completed by a licensed professional and emailed to the DSPS office.

  2. DSPS Application for Services - After your verification of disability is sent, please check your COD email for a link to the DSPS Application for Services and complete it online. Please allow two (2) business days after sending your verification to receive the link.

  3. Schedule Intake Appointment with DSPS Counselor - Upon receipt of your DSPS Application for Services, DSPS will contact you to schedule your intake appointment with a DSPS Counselor. Please call 760-773-2534 or email DSPS if you have not been contacted within three (3) business days of submitting your DSPS application.

  4. Attend DSPS Intake Appointment - 760-773-2534. Complete your intake appointment with a DSPS Counselor.

  5. Faculty Notification Letter - call 760-773-2534 or email DSPS. Obtain your Faculty Notification Letter from DSPS each semester and provide a copy to your instructor(s).

  6. Counseling Follow Up Appointment - call 760-773-2534 or email DSPS. Meet with a DSPS Counselor once per semester to discuss your progress and continue to develop your Student Education Plan (SEP) to map out your future academic goals.