In keeping with its mission – Concordia University is committed to the full access and inclusion of all qualified students and its program. Disability Support Services (DSS) coordinates reasonable and appropriate accommodations for students with documented disabilities, in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). If you are an individual with a documented disability, you may be eligible for accommodation. To be considered for accommodations students need to contact the DLS Coordinator to schedule an appointment and submit proper documentation.
Any student with a documented learning, physical or mental disability who feels their disability may impact academic success may be qualified to receive accommodation. On-campus students needing academic adjustments are required to contact Liisa Ferguson, DSS Coordinator, no later than the second Friday of the semester for which you are seeking accommodation. Online students needing academic adjustments are required to contact Stephanie Staley, Online DSS Coordinator, no later than the end of the first week of the term for which you are seeking accommodation. All discussions will remain confidential. Should an issue arise mid-semester, students should contact the DSS Coordinator as soon as possible. However, not all mid-term requests can be guaranteed. Once your learning needs have been established and upon your consent, the DSS Coordinator will work with you, your professors and academic advisor, to obtain appropriate learning accommodations.
Disability Support Services is located in Student Services, Hagen Campus Center. Liisa Ferguson, DSS Coordinator, can be reached by calling 503-280-8515, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stephanie Staley, Online DSS Coordinator, can be reached by calling 503-280-8530, or by email at email@example.com. Student Affairs fax number is 503-493-6575.
Steps to Receiving Accommodations
- Apply to Concordia University
- Submit and DSS Accommodation Intake and Release Form and disability documentation
- Respond to requests for information from DSS
- Complete a DSS intake appointment- student schedules an appointment to review and discuss accommodations (phone or in-person appt)
- Request accommodations each academic term in a timely manner
- Follow the policies and procedures outlined in the DLS Student Handbook
We will ask you for documentation of your disability— this is information from a qualified licensed professional such as your doctor, therapist, psychoeducational testing, etc. We look for recent documentation (dated within the last five years). If you have older documentation, bring it so we can discuss it with you. We may ask that you obtain updated testing in order to get a clear picture of your current abilities and challenges. Your documentation must include information from a qualified professional that addresses your current functioning, diagnosis, and recommendations for appropriate accommodations.