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 first floor of Lynn Wood Hall, Suite 1082. 

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."