Office of Disability Services
Southwestern Christian University (SCU) is committed to serving all students. The Office of Disability Services (ODS) coordinates accommodations and services for students with documented disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. ODS works with other departments and university students to lay the foundation of equal educational access to otherwise qualified individuals. Additionally, the office works in conjunction with the Human Resources Office to provide accommodations to university faculty and staff with documented disabilities.
Incoming students with disabilities follow the same admissions procedures and standards as established by the university’s Office of Admissions. Questions about admissions procedures are addressed in that office by contacting (405) 789-7661 x2228. However, all requests regarding eligibility for accommodations and services through ODS must come directly to the Center for Academic and Professional Success (CAPS) office. Questions about appropriate accommodations and required diagnostic documentation are addressed by contacting the Office of Disability Services at (405) 789-7661 x2293.
The Office of Disability Services (ODS) is committed to guiding students with documented disabilities in utilizing their academic potential in a university environment. By providing direction, offering resources, and coordinating appropriate accommodations based on federal laws, regulations, and individual need, department administration, and staff encourage and support self-advocacy among students served. Being student-centered in nature, the ODS strives to convey a vision for academic success and a goal of developing confident, independent, life-long student learners.
Students with specific housing needs due to documented disabilities must first submit a Disability Accommodation Request Form for University Housing to the Office of Disability Services (ODS) two weeks before the start of each semester. Due to the limited number of ADA compliant dorm rooms, availability is on a 1st come 1st serve basis. The ODS, together with the Office of Housing/Residence Life, will review the request along with the diagnostic documentation to determine if the request is reasonable. For further information about housing, click the following link: www.swcu.edu/housing.
Self-advocacy among students with disabilities is strongly encouraged and very important to academic success at Southwestern Christian University. Students prepared in self-advocacy take an active role in the learning process, educational opportunities, and support services that are available to all students at the university. Awareness and knowledge of how the disability impacts academic performance plus an understanding of rights and personal responsibilities in an academic setting are critical to seamless transitioning and to being a self-advocate. ODS strives to convey a vision for success by promoting independence and life-long learning among students with disabilities.