Understanding DSS

Mission and Goals

Loyola Marymount University's Disability Support Services (DSS) Office provides specialized assistance and resources to enable students with physical, perceptual, learning, ADHD and/or psychological disabilities to achieve maximum independence while pursuing their educational goals. Services are offered to students who have established disabilities under federal and state law. 

Staff specialists interact with all areas of the University to eliminate physical and attitudinal barriers.

The DSS Office is responsible for directing and coordinating the University's compliance with disability law on behalf of students with established disabilities. The DSS staff works directly with students, faculty, and staff to assure that students with disabilities are provided appropriate accommodation.


The functions of DSS include:

  • Protecting student's privacy. All DSS records including those related to the request for services are considered confidential. DSS records are securely maintained and do not become a part of a student's general records. With a very few exceptions which are required or permitted by law, written permission by the student is required before information is shared outside the DSS Office.
  • Determining eligibility for services. Before a student is offered accommodation, they must demonstrate an impairment that results in a limitation in a major life activity. DSS provides guidelines regarding documentation and is responsible for reviewing and informing students of their eligibility status.
  • Determining and adjusting accommodation. If a student has been found eligible for services, DSS determines the accommodation that is deemed appropriate. Accommodation is decided on an individual basis and is directly related to the impairments caused by the disability.
  • Arranging the delivery of accommodation. DSS strives to provide timely accommodation. The staff communicates and coordinates with faculty members, the Student Housing Office, and other University departments on behalf of students with disabilities.
  • Assisting students with disabilities when there is a question regarding their rights. DSS advocates on the behalf of students when issues related to their disability arise on campus.
  • Providing education and support to members of the University who provide assistance to students with disabilities.