Disability Services

Disability Services supports the ongoing development of an accessible university that embraces diversity through educational programming, services, resources and facilities that are usable by all members of the campus community.

For students who wish to know more, we invite you to explore our Disability Services department.

  • Academic Coaching is available to students registered with Disability Services by appointment. Typically, students interested in coaching will be scheduled to meet at least once per week during the semester for about an hour with the assistant director of Disability Services.

    Academic coaching is a student-directed rather than a staff-directed exercise. Common topics that students explore via academic coaching include: improving time management skills, examining learning style and determining best study strategies, learning more effective reading practices, organizational management and techniques and etc.

    Interested students should call 864-503-5199 for an appointment.   

  • Accessibility Information

    Accessible Parking 
    Any accessible parking space, regardless of parking area designation, is available for use. Accessible parking spaces reserved for individuals with disabilities are marked by signs and pavement markings incorporating the international disability access symbol. Accessible parking locations are designated on the USC Upstate Accessibility Map and the USC Upstate Parking Brochure.

    When parking in accessible parking spaces, individuals must have a disabled license plate or display their state-issued disabled placard. Students, faculty and staff must also display a current USC Upstate parking decal. It is unlawful to use a disabled placard issued to another individual when he/she is not present. Violators will be ticketed.

    Parking Map
    The USC Upstate Accessibility Map does not reflect parking area designations. A copy of the current parking plan may be obtained from University Police.

    Please note the following information about the elevators in the Library and the Horace C. Smith Science Building:

    • The elevator in the Library building provides access to the classrooms and offices on the second floor of the Library building, not to the study areas and Library materials on the internal second floor of the Library. Individuals who need access to materials located on the internal second floor of the Library should ask library staff for assistance.
    • Access to the elevator on the first floor of the Horace C. Smith Science Building is through the door located between the Center for Student Success (Room 103) and Opportunity Network (Room 101). 

    Accessible Seating
    The Richard E. Tukey Theatre and the Performing Arts Center (Theatre) have designated accessible seating areas. The County University Soccer Stadium, the Cleveland S. Harley Baseball Park , and the Cyrill Softball Stadium have designated accessible seating areas.

    Accessible Restrooms
    The following academic spaces have fully accessible restrooms: Hodge 226 (Men’s) / 227(Women’s), the University Readiness Center, and the P. Kathryn Hicks Visual Arts Center. Other campus facilities with fully accessible restrooms are as follows: Health Services, University Police, Palmetto House, the Rampey Center, and the Howell Athletic Complex. All other multi-story buildings have one set of restrooms on each floor with accessible features. All single story buildings have at least one set of restrooms with accessible features.


    Please contact Disability Services at 864-503-5199 with any questions or comments.

  • To effectively respond to student requests for special housing modifications or accommodations, the University has created the Special Housing Request Committee. The committee is made up of a group of USC Upstate professionals representing Disability Services, Health Services, Counseling Services and the Office of Residence Life.

    In order to fully evaluate student requests, the Special Housing Request Committee, will need documentation of each student's condition or disability. Documentation should be current and comprehensive in light of the request and consist of an evaluation by an appropriate professional that describes the current functional impact of the condition or disability as it relates to the housing modification or accommodation requested.  

    Documentation provided will be used by the committee to evaluate your request. The committee will generate a list of potentially reasonable modifications or accommodations based on:

    • Information provided by the diagnosing professional
    • Potential effectiveness
    • Maximum level of integration
    • Potential for an undue financial or administrative burden

    USC Upstate reserves the right to request additional documentation if the information submitted appears to be outdated, inadequate in scope, or content, does not address the student's current level of functioning or substantiate their need for modifications or accommodations. Students will be notified in writing of the Committee’s decision.


    A fully completed Special Housing Request Form must be received by the Special Housing Request Committee by February 1, 2017 for returning USC Upstate students that are new to housing and by May 15, 2017 for freshmen. Requests received after the stated deadlines will be considered on an as available basis.

    The Special Housing Request Form has been developed to assist you in working with your diagnosing or treating professional to prepare the information needed to evaluate your request. 

    Please note: The committee will not review the request until all documents have been submitted.  

    Questions about the Special Housing Request process may be directed to the Special Housing Request Committee at  or by contacting the Office of Disability Services at Phone 864-504-5199.

    Special Housing Request Committee 
    USC Upstate
    800 University Way
    CLC 107
    Spartanburg, SC 29301