Center for Student Success

Disability Support Services (DSS)

For Students

Registering with DSS

The Disability Support Services (DSS) provides accommodations to all Cal. Lutheran students with disabilities who choose to self-identify to DSS that they are a person with a disability, and who registers with DSS for services.  This information is for students who have not previously registered with DSS for support.

Students with temporary impairments (e.g., broken arm) can contact the DSS Coordinator with any questions or concerns. Depending on the nature of the impairment, the student may be able to receive some form of assistance.

In order for a student to formally request accommodations at Cal. Lutheran, he or she needs to register with DSS.  This involves three steps

Step 1: meeting with the DSS coordinator to discuss specific needs,

Step 2: providing disability information,  

Step 3: filling out the DSS registration paperwork. 

As each person's situation is unique, DSS simply asks that any interested student meet with us.  Disability information requirements vary by situation. The DSS coordinator will talk to the student about needed disability information during the initial conversation.  No student should delay meeting with DSS out of concern for not having appropriate paperwork.

STEP 1:  Meeting With DSS

It is your responsibility as the student to schedule a meeting with the DSS coordinator, during which you will discuss your specific needs and questions.  We will also go over the DSS paperwork together. If you would like to just discuss your situation and general DSS information without registering for services, please do not hesitate to do this as there is no obligation.

For students who are not local or are unable to come in-person to the Thousand Oaks campus for a meeting, we can schedule a phone or other type of meeting; you would need to indicate this when you contact our office.  If you need any special arrangements regarding your meeting, please let us know this ahead of time.

STEP 2:  Filling Out Required DSS Paperwork

There are 2 documents you need to read carefully and fill out before submitting them to DSS as part of registering for services.  These are the “Initial In-take Worksheet” and the “New Student Packet”; find these under the DSS Forms tab.

The Initial In-take Worksheet is a one page worksheet that will allow you to describe in your own words how you are impacted by your disability (es) in the academic setting.  This in-take worksheet is part of how you provide disability information.

The New Student packet explains various guidelines, policies, and other aspects of participating in DSS. It provides the opportunity to request classroom aids and services.  For non-classroom accommodations, speak to the DSS coordinator about processes for submitting those requests.

STEP 3:  Submitting Disability Information

Disability information is a necessary piece of registering with DSS; however, you should schedule a meeting with DSS to discuss your situation even if you do not have a doctor’s report or professional assessment.  We can discuss your situation and what may be needed when we meet.

It is most helpful for disability information to be on formal forms or letterhead from the doctor, psychologist, or other qualified professional; notes written on prescription pads typically do not give helpful information.  This information should be recent to provide the most up-to-date record about the disability as possible in order to show the current impact.  Proper disability information is expected to include the following:

  1. The signature and licensing of the doctor, psychologist, or qualified professional writing the report/letter along with the date.
  2. Specific diagnosis.  This can also be a very descriptive blurb about the situation or what is going on with the individual’s health physically, physiologically, psychologically, etc.
  3. Evaluations or tests used to determine the diagnosis along with the results, scores, and summary.  When appropriate, this could include DSM-IV criteria met, report of MRI results, etc.
  • A professional assessment of how the disorder affects the student academically and why specific accommodations may be needed. This description should include the status of the condition, such as temporary with an expected end date or permanent status.  

Information can be faxed to Wendy Jimenez at 805-493-3472, scanned/emailed to wjimene@callutheran.edu or delivered to the Center for Student Success.  The mailing address is—

California Lutheran University 

C/O Wendy Jimenez

60 W. Olsen Road, 5300

Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Requesting Accommodations- Returning DSS Students

Returning DSS students are those who have previously registered for DSS support.  If you are a returning DSS student, contact the Center for Student Success to schedule your meeting and begin filling out the “Returning Student Packet”, which can be found under the DSS Forms tab.

It is your responsibility as the student to schedule the meeting with the DSS coordinator each new semester or term.  During the meeting you will discuss your specific needs and questions.  We will also go over the DSS paperwork together.  Your meeting should be set-up prior to or during the first few weeks of the new semester or term.  Remember that some aids and services may take longer to arrange, and you should contact DSS to discuss these as soon as you know you may need them.

The Returning Student packet explains various guidelines, policies, and other aspects of participating in DSS for which you are responsible to know. It provides the opportunity to request classroom aids and services.  Find the “Returning Student Packet” under the DSS Forms tab.  For non-classroom accommodations, speak to the DSS coordinator about processes for submitting those requests.

For students who are not local or are unable to come in-person to the Thousand Oaks campus for a meeting, you would need to indicate this when you contact our office.  If you need any special arrangements regarding your meeting, please let us know this ahead of time.

 

Temporary Disability Services

Cal. Lutheran students with temporary disabilities or impairments (e.g., broken arm) can contact the DSS Coordinator with any questions or concerns. Depending on the nature of the impairment, the student may be able to receive some form of assistance. For details on registering for temporary services, click on the REGISTERING WITH DSS tab.

The Disability Support Services (DSS) provides accommodations to qualified Cal. Lutheran students with permanent or temporary disabilities who choose to self-identify to DSS that they are a person with a disability, and who registers with DSS for services. 

Please contact our office if you have any questions.  All general questions can be emailed to:  DSS@callutheran.edu or call (805) 493-3260.  We look forward to meeting you soon.

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