General Information

VSCC Disability Services Mission

In support of the college's mission as a public, comprehensive community college, the Office of Disability Services ensures equal access to all campus programs and activities. The office promotes full participation in campus life for individuals with disabilities. Accommodations and support services are provided to students with disabilities who register with the office. Services are provided to assist students obtain their academic and personal goals. Assistance is provided in a collaborative way as to empower students to advocate for their needs and assume responsibility for their academic outcomes.

Who is Eligible

Students who have a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activity. A disability may include: chronic illness, hearing impairment, learning disability, mental illness, neurological impairment, physical disability, or a visual impairment.

Campus Accessibility

VSCC has made vast improvements for campus accessibility and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Nine buildings have automatic doors and outdoor directional signage. Each building has updated fire alarms with strobe lighting. The public pay phones have volume control for hearing impaired. If you should experience a problem with accessibility, please notify the Office of Disability Services located in the lower level of the Wood campus center or call (615) 230-3472.

Accessible Parking Permits

Temporary accessible parking placards are issued from the Office of Disability Services for use on campus only. Documentation must be provided and decals are issued with submittal of appropriate documentation. Placard must be displayed in the front of the vehicle. There is ample parking for each building. The list of user names is submitted to Campus Public Safety.

Emergency Evacuation of Students with Disabilities

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) maintains a safety evacuation locator list. This list will be updated each semester with the names of students registered with ODS who are unable to independently evacuate a building in case of fire, tornadoes, or other disasters. ODS will disseminate the list to the VSCC Office of Public Safety and / or other qualified emergency personnel on the scene.

Fee Waiver

Persons who are permanently and totally disabled and domiciled in Tennessee may audit classes at no maintenance charge, provided there is space available and sufficient fee enrollment. Special fees may be charged where required. Totally disabled persons who audit classes will be required to submit an application for admission to the college but not required to pay the $10.00 application fee. Classes may be taken for college credit at a maximum cost of $75.00, providing there is space available. Forms are available in the Office of Disability Services.

Staff and Employees

VSCC employees with disabilities can disclose with the Office of Disability Services in order to be provided with essential and appropriate workplace accommodations to be able to meet the essential elements of the job. For more information please click here or email Kathy Sowell.

Volunteer State Community College, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is an equal opportunity institution and ensures equal opportunity for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, sexual orientation, status as a qualified veteran with advisability or veteran of the Vietnam era. 10:03.5.16