The mission of the Access and Accommodations Resource Center (formerly Disability Support Services or DSS), at Valparaiso University is to provide students with disabilities equal access to an education and to university life. We do this by providing accommodations, support services, and special programs that are individualized to work toward student success. Valparaiso University and its faculty have a legal responsibility to provide reasonable accommodations for students who have been diagnosed with a disability but are otherwise qualified for the course or degree program. Program policies and procedures are designed to provide students with as much independence as possible, preserve confidentiality, promote student responsibility and empowerment, and support students and faculty with finding individualized solutions to educational obstacles.
As part of its mission for its students, Valparaiso University has developed a nondiscrimination policy which identifies its intention to provide a safe and tolerant environment for all, including those with disabilities. The policy reflects the University’s obligations to the U.S. Department of Education.