Learning Support Services

Learning Support Services is dedicated to supporting the University’s efforts toward accessibility and inclusion for students with disabilities.

The Learning Support Services team comes alongside students on an individual, case-by-case basis to determine appropriate, reasonable accommodations to facilitate student learning, growth and success. This is accomplished through collaboration with faculty and staff, advocacy for students, the provision of education relevant to disability services, and the coordination of accommodation plans.

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Differences in the legal mandates between high school and postsecondary education mean that accommodations in college are not necessarily duplicates of what was received in high school. Higher education disability law ensures access for students with disabilities. It is important that students build self-efficacy skills and communicate with the Learning Support Services office to ensure timely and sufficient accommodation. For more information about the differences between disability accommodation in K-12 and postsecondary education, we recommend the following resource

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Contact Information:

Contact: LSS@olivet.edu
Fax: (815) 928 - 5590
Location: The Rick & Debbie Dykhouse Center for Academic Excellence on the 1st & 2nd floors of Benner Library

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Reasonable accommodations are determined through an interactive process and made on a case-by-case basis. Some common accommodations include the following:
•    Peer note-takers
•    Assistive technology
•    Books in audio-format
•    Testing accommodations
•    Housing accommodations
•    Chapel seat accommodations

Additional information and resources for registered students, as well as a link to our online application system, can be found on the Olivet Portal.


Documentation from a licensed, professional provider aids in the determination of needed accommodations. Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), 504 plans, and/or Summaries of Performance (SOPs) provide helpful information; however, these documents alone may not provide sufficient information to determine appropriate accommodation in the postsecondary environment. Documentation is most helpful when it is includes identification of the student’s disability, a description of the student’s functional limitations, and a recommendation of possible accommodations. Professionals conducting assessment, rendering diagnoses of specific conditions and making recommendations for accommodations must be qualified to do so. Third party documentation is used as one component of the interactive process. Please note that we do not accept documentation obtained through online assessments as these organizations do not provide credible information. We encourage students to obtain legitimate professional assessment and support prior to requesting either academic or housing accommodations. 

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