Student Disability Services

Florida Southern College adheres to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) in prohibiting discrimination against any “otherwise qualified” student with a disability.

Although the college does not have an “Individualized” or “Special Program” for students with disabilities, appropriate case-by-case accommodations, such as extended time for tests, may be provided for students with documentation of a protected disability. It is the responsibility of the student to make his or her condition known to the College, to take the initiative in requesting desired appropriate accommodations, and to have the pertinent diagnostic tests and other professional evaluations to verify the need for accommodations. The student is not required to reveal a disability unless the student is requesting accommodations.

Requesting Accommodations

Students with disabilities requesting accommodations should contact the Psychological Testing Office at Florida Southern College:

Dr. Richard Burnette
Student Disability Services Coordinator
Florida Southern College
111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive
Lakeland, FL 33801-5698

Documentation must be current. Ideally, documentation for the initial accommodations will have been obtained in the three years immediately prior to the request and the documentation must describe the functional limitations resulting from the disability and how the limitation impacts the ability of the student to function in the College setting. Requests for disability accommodations must be made each semester, and students must meet with their instructors to determine which of the requested accommodations can be made in each class. The College does not provide personal tutors or note takers, and in no case will the College modify essential requirements of any course or degree program for students with disabilities.

Students with documented disabilities are encouraged to utilize academic resources generally available to FSC students, including peer tutoring, study skills resources, and support assistance from their faculty advisor, instructors, and members of the Student Solutions Center. The Coordinator for Student Disability Services is available to guide students to needed resources.Florida Southern College has a requirement that students participate in Engaged Learning activities in the classroom. Engaged Learning is an essential college requirement and cannot be waived for any student because of excused absences or as an accommodation for a disability. Inconsistent attendance and lack of participation in Engaged Learning activities can result in a lowered course grade.

Florida Southern College has in place an internal grievance procedure for prompt and equitable resolution of challenges to the accommodations provided. All concerns should be submitted in writing to:

Dr. Marcie Pospichal,
Associate Vice President for Student Support
Florida Southern College
111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive
Lakeland, FL 33801-5698

By email:

Verbally (in person only):
Thrift Building, main floor, rear "Counseling Center" wing
863.680.4197 (4197 if dialing from campus phone)

Questions? Contact

Richard BurnetteDr. Richard Burnette
Student Disability Services  Coordinator

Dr. Marcie PospichalDr. Marcie Pospichal
Associate Vice President for Student Support

The Psychological Testing Office is on the first floor of the Charles T. Thrift Building, in the Career Center area.