Loyola's Disability Support Services (DSS) office supports students with varied
disabilities, including learning disabilities, ADHD, mental health
impairments, chronic illnesses, autism spectrum disorders, brain
injuries, physical/mobility disabilities, medical conditions, vision and
hearing disabilities, and speech/language disabilities. The DSS staff is happy to talk to students and parents before they register with DSS. Please email DSS@loyola.edu if you would like to schedule a time to speak to someone from DSS to get more information about accommodations and the registration process.
The student is responsible for completing the registration process with DSS in order to receive accommodations. A DSS advisor will work with a student through an interactive process that includes talking to the student by phone or in-person and reviewing the information the student submits on their application. Recent documentation of the disability is required in order to review a student's request for services. This confidential information is maintained in the DSS office and is protected as an educational record under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Disability-related information may be disclosed on a limited, need to know basis in order to provide accommodations and services with the permission of the student, or if there is a legitimate educational reason.
At times the process will involve consulting with course instructors or administrators at the University before reviewing a requested accommodation. Also, sometimes a DSS advisor needs to speak to the professional that provided the student's documentation. The advisor will present the student's request to Loyola's Documentation Review Committee. Afterward, the advisor will notify the student of the outcome of the review. If accommodations are approved, the student's DSS advisor will orient them to the procedures that needed to be followed to receive the approved accommodations.
Timelines for registering with DSS
Students are welcome to submit accommodation requests at any time during their studies at Loyola, but accommodations are not implemented retroactively. Therefore, we encourage incoming first-year students and new transfer students to submit their requests as early as possible during the summer before they arrive at Loyola. Also, present Loyola students who are newly diagnosed with a disability should submit requests as soon as possible.
For best consideration in terms of living space availability, students should submit their housing accommodation applications before or on the dates listed below.
- As stated in the housing accommodation procedures, housing accommodation requests for first-year and transfer students must be submitted by July 1st.
- As stated in the housing accommodation procedures, rising sophomores/juniors/seniors must complete their registration with DSS by February 1st in order for their accommodation to be considered before the housing selection process begins.
Students with disabilities who may require an accommodation to return to fall 2021 in-person courses should submit their requests by July 23rd.
There are three steps to take to register with disability support services (not necessarily in this order)
1.) Speak to a DSS professional to learn about DSS and the procedures for requesting accommodations
To learn more about DSS, accommodations and other supports, please contact one of the following individuals:
3. ) Submit Documentation
To register with DSS, you must have a documented disability. Evaluations must be current and Loyola generally requires documentation prepared within the past three years for conditions whose impact on education may change over time. The DSS office reserves the right to request an updated or more extensive evaluation. Guidelines for written documentation can be obtained online through the following links:
This confidential information is maintained in the DSS office and not released unless there is a legitimate educational reason. You can upload documentation when you complete the online registration form above, fax it to (410) 617-2080, or mail it to:
- Disability Support Services
Loyola University Maryland
4501 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21210