Requesting aids and services is your responsibility each new semester/term. We strongly recommend you activate your DSS services prior to the start of each new set of courses.
Most accommodations do not recur automatically. Also, they are not retroactive.
If you have previously registered for support — but have not activated any services for over a year — you must contact us to schedule a meeting to discuss your current situation.
For students who have a Cal Lutheran Letter of Accommodations (LOA), follow this two-step semester/ term activation:
Step 1: Activate through Accommodate
Log into your myCLU portal and activate through the Accommodate Software (instructions were sent to you via email with your LOA). For step by step instructions, please view this video: Activation Instruction Video .
Step 2: Email your professors and CC firstname.lastname@example.org
After DSS processes your semester/term activation request, you will receive an email confirmation which will serve as your semester/term Letter of Accommodations (LOA). Email your individual professors with this Letter of Accommodations (LOA). View the Example Activation Message for guidance. You must CC email@example.com on this email as a record of activation.
Please contact the DSS Office at 805-493-3464 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Follow up with each professor you emailed to ensure they received your LOA activation message. Discuss the needs you may have in class with your professor(s).
Request and use your approved accommodations! This is your responsibility. Find several of the Request Forms on our DSS FORMS page to officially submit your requests. Contact DSS for assistance in requesting accommodations that do not have online request forms posted.
- Submit requests
Fill out the Accommodation Request Forms if you have been approved for and need to use:
- Testing accommodations
- Books in alternative format
Request forms can be found on the DSS Forms and Resources tab.
All requests should be submitted as soon as possible after activating your services.
- Plan ahead
Some accommodations may take more time to arrange, so you need to discuss with us specific needs well in advance of when the aids or services may be needed.
- Books in alternative formats
- Housing accommodations
- Classroom re-location
- Update us
You are responsible to maintain a close relationship with us so that your requests can be met in a timely and reasonable way. You are also responsible to keep us aware of any academic problems or obstacles you may be encountering.
Submitting further disability information is typically not required once you are registered. However, it is your responsibility to provide us an update if there is any substantial change to the initial information you provided.
Communicating with us is crucial. We are unable to assist unless we are made aware of challenges. Please contact us to schedule a meeting if you need to discuss any changes or concerns.
If you need any special arrangements regarding your meeting, please let us know ahead of time.
If you are unable to come in-person to the Thousand Oaks campus for a meeting, we can schedule a phone or other type of meeting. Just indicate this when you contact our office.