Disability Services

Our Mission: The Services to Students with Disabilities Office strive to empower students with disabilities to gain success in and access to their educational, professional and personal opportunities afforded with the skills of self-reliance and self-advocacy on campus and in the community.

The Services to Students with Disabilities Office (SSD)is committed to diversity and a campus culture of inclusion that is necessary for a rich learning environment and essential in preparing students to work, live and contribute to an increasingly complex society. The SSD Office provides reasonable accommodations to ensure students with disabilities to participate in and benefit from all of our campus, programs and activities.

Eligibility and Documentation

To qualify for services, students must provide appropriate documentation of a disability at the time services and/or accommodations are requested and schedule an appointment with SSD. The documentation should verify that the student's condition meets the definition of an individual with a disability as defined by applicable laws (i.e., Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments of 2008).

SSD collaborates closely with students and appropriate faculty, staff and administrators to ensure reasonable accommodations are tailored to each student's needs on a case-by-case basis. SSD is available to assist in implementation or appropriateness of accommodations based on course goals and objectives.

Upon completion of the verification process, SSD will provide a letter that lists the services and accommodations that are deemed reasonable. This letter is distributed to the student, the relevant campus offices that provide services and the professors who teach the student's courses.

Confidentiality

In accordance with the requirements of the federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the SSD Office protects each students’ right to privacy by limiting access to disability records pertaining to the provision of services and accommodations. Students may authorize other people to have access to materials in their file only by signing a release form. Our Lady of the Lake University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs and activities.

University Nondiscrimination Policy

Our Lady of the Lake University will not discriminate against any employee, applicant for employment, student in our educational programs or activities or applicant for admission on the basis of race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, age, marital status, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran or military status (including disabled veterans, Vietnam-era veterans or recently separated veterans), predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, or any other protected category under applicable local, state and federal laws, including protections for those opposing discrimination or participating in any allegation process on campus or within the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or other human rights agencies. View complete University Nondiscrimination Policy at www.ollusa.edu/Nondiscrimination.