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Disability Support Services

Our Mission
Disability Support Services (DSS) facilitates equal access to Southern’s learning community for students who have documented disabilities or suspected learning differences. DSS promotes student responsibility and self-advocacy and provides relevant information to faculty and staff with Christ-like support and compassion.

DSS is located on the 3rd floor of the Bietz Center, Suite 3900. 

Contact Information
Disability Services Administrator: Mariella L. Pechero
Telephone: 423.236.2544
Email: dss@southern.edu

School Term Office Hours
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Summer Office Hours
Monday - Thursday: 8:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Friday: 8:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

"Southern is in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973) and is dedicated to the elimination of architectural and prejudicial barriers which prevent any qualified person from attending.  Southern has established Disability Support Services to provide academic disability services according to the provisions of applicable disability law."