Accordingly, Florida Southern College prohibits discrimination against any qualified student with a disability. We invite students to visit Student Disability Services to discuss their use or need of accommodations and any barriers they anticipate or may be experiencing at FSC.
Florida Southern College values diversity and prioritizes equal access for all students, including those with disabilities. The Office of Student Disability Services (SDS) collaborates with FSC students, faculty, and staff to promote access to, and engagement in, the full range of college experiences, which are designed to prepare students to make a positive and consequential impact on society. The SDS delivers reasonable accommodations through interactive and dynamic relationships, addressing barriers to access and full participation, and creating equitable and inclusive environments for learning and community membership.
Student Disability Services at Florida Southern College is a campus leader in promoting accessible learning and living, interactive communications, and welcoming facilities. SDS facilitates student acquisition of the resources, tools, and technologies that provide full access to the complete educational experience. SDS shares the most timely evidence and guidelines on student disability support practices, and fosters conversations about student disability services and experiences, strengthening relationships among SDS, students, faculty, and staff. Consequently, Florida Southern College students with disabilities are fully engaged learners who thrive as global citizens.
The college engages in an interactive process with the student and, as appropriate, with professionals documenting the disability and the student’s family. If you have a disability and would like to receive consideration for reasonable accommodations, written relevant documentation from a licensed physician, psychologist, or other qualified professional is ideal. A high school plan such as an IEP or 504 Plan may or may not be fully sufficient documentation, but can be helpful. Please submit this documentation to Student Disability Services. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.
A completed consent waiver is required in order for the college to request or share accommodations of any type. The process for undergraduate and graduate student access and accommodation is the same.
If you are a person with documented disabilities, and wish to seek classroom or academic accommodations, please contact Student Disability Services to begin this process.
If you are a person with documented disabilities, and wish to seek medically necessary residential accommodations for the first time, your housing accommodation request and associated documentation must be submitted to SDS during the two weeks prior to March 21, which is the required submission date for the Housing Accommodation form to Community Living. We will need to receive and review medical documentation and determine eligibility for residential accommodations by Friday, March 11, 2022 for a student to have the best chances for residential accommodation availability. A student found eligible for residential accommodations after that date will be less likely for accommodation availability. Students will be able to apply on the Community Living Engage Page under the form name: Housing Medical Accommodation.
The presence of an animal at Florida Southern College may impact numerous aspects of the community living experience for many residential students. Thus, student eligibility for an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) ideally takes place in tandem with the more global community placement process.
If you are a person with documented disabilities (typically mental health disabilities), and wish to seek an Emotional Support Animal as a residential accommodation for the first time, you must provide documentation of a documented disability, as well as the likely species of ESA to be sought. Further documentation will be needed if you are requesting an Emotional Support Animal as a reasonable accommodation. Please see our Residential Accommodation Policies including Animals for information. The college appreciates the opportunity to prepare to welcome Service Animals. Please contact Student Disability Services for more guidance. This way, the college may ensure that prospective roommates/space mates are willing at the outset to reside with an ESA.
The college policy on the presence of Service Animals on campus and in the residence halls is aligned with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Service Animals may travel freely with their owner throughout most areas of campus and community living spaces although there may be individual exceptions in places where the presence of the animal may compromise a safe or sterile environment. The Service Animal must be controlled by leash or harness when in public, unless doing so would interfere with the Animal’s service to its Handler.
Students who require the assistance of a Service Animal in the classroom are invited to voluntarily notify SDS. Documentation is not required to have a Service Animal in the classroom. However, by registering a Service Animal in advance for classroom experiences, we will be able to alert professors to plan for Service Animal presence.
In the State of Florida (statute 413), a Service Animal in Training - when the Trainer is actively engaged in training - has the same public access rights as a fully trained Service Animal. To inquire further, contact Student Disability Services.
Florida Southern College has an attendance requirement and a requirement that students participate in Engaged Learning activities in the classroom. Once accommodations are approved, how they will be implemented in each class is determined in an interactive process between the professor and the student. Each faculty member has attendance and Engaged Learning requirements in the course syllabus and the student and faculty member should review these together and determine the degree of flexibility that can reasonably be offered in each class.
Florida Southern College has in place an internal grievance procedure for prompt and equitable resolution of challenges to the accommodations provided.
Dr. Marcie Pospichal
Associate Vice President for Student Support
Florida Southern College
111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive
Lakeland, FL 33801-5698
863.680.4197 (4197 if dialing from campus phone)
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