Disability Support Services

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Disability Support Services

Welcome to Pacific Lutheran University Disability Support Services (DSS), a department within the Division of Student Life. DSS is dedicated to ensuring equitable access and inclusion for all students with disabilities. We serve students with either temporary or permanent physical, health, learning, sensory or psychological disabilities. Students partner with our office to establish reasonable accommodations and services to receive equitable access to academic and co-curricular opportunities.

PLU’s Policy Statement

Students with disabilities have access to participate in, and receive the benefit of, any program or activity operated by PLU. The University has zero tolerance for discrimination with regard to an individual’s race, color, creed, religion, gender, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, marital status, sexual orientation or any other status protected by law. Reasonable accommodations will be provided  on a case-by-case basis at no cost to the student as recommended in the student’s documentation of a disability and as determined by the DSS director.

Embedded in the core values of Pacific Lutheran University is a commitment to ensuring access to a quality higher education experience for a diverse student population. Disability Support Services (DSS) recognizes disability as an aspect of diversity that is integral to society and to our campus community. DSS serves as a partner in fostering an inclusive and equitable environment for all PLU students.

ADAAA Resources

ADA One Focus on Higher Education

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Fact Sheet on Final Regulations Implementing the ADAAA

Please see out Documents and Forms page for other resources about understanding the changes to the law.

Who can receive accommodations?

Students who have documentation of a learning, physical, or psychological disability from a professional assessor (physician, psychologist, physical therapist, audiologist, learning specialist) can receive accommodations as recommended by the assessor and as determined by the DSS director.

What are some examples of accommodations?
  • Accessible Furniture in Classrooms
  • Accessible Instructional Materials
  • Alternative Testing Services for Students
  • Audio Recording Lectures
  • Classroom Relocation
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Accommodations for Students
  • Notetaking Services
  • Reduced Credit Load

This list is not inclusive and the accommodations listed will not apply to the effects of every disability.

What can’t accommodations do?

Accommodations cannot be given if it changes the essential nature of a course or program. They cannot create an administrative hardship and they may not significantly compromise the health and safety of the student or others.

Disability Support Services works to ensure access for students with disabilities by designing and implementing accommodations. However, there are some items that are not considered accommodations in higher education; this includes, but is not limited to:

  • Individualized instruction
  • Tutoring
  • Personal care attendant
  • Modifying curriculum
  • Requiring a professor to change a teaching style
Emergency Procedures

All students need to be familiar with the Emergency Procedures Manual for Pacific Lutheran. The manual includes a specific section addressing guidelines for persons with mobility impairments.