Disability Services

Southside Virginia Community College welcomes students with disabilities or chronic health problems. These students are encouraged to identify themselves to a Disability Services Counselor so we can make appropriate arrangements. 


Christanna Campus
John Hicks
  Daniel Campus
Melissa Wood

Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) welcomes students with disabilities and is committed to ensuring that all qualified students impacted by disabilities are afforded an equal opportunity to participate in, and benefit from, its programs and services. Services for students with disabilities are provided for all students qualified under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the ADAAA of 2009, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, who request and are eligible for accommodations. The Office of Disability Services (ODS) is the SVCC department designated to coordinate accommodations that would allow students to have equal access and inclusion in all courses, programs, and activities at the College. Students are encouraged to contact a Disability Services Counselor so that appropriate arrangements may be made.

Any student who may need an accommodation based on the potential impact of a disability should contact Melissa Wood, Counselor for Special Populations, at 434-736-2070 or at melissa.wood@southside.edu  or Dr. John Hicks, at 434-949-1070 or john.hicks@southside.edu to establish eligibility and to coordinate reasonable accommodations.  The Disability Services Office is located in Room 35E in the Student Services department.  

Frequently Asked Questions

I have a special need and want accommodations for placement testing and classes.

Students with disabilities or chronic health problems are encouraged to identify themselves to a Disability Services Counselor as early as possible. DS Counselors are on all campuses. Students should plan to see a DS Counselor at least 45 days before classes begin. Students with documented disabilities may qualify for an alternate placement testing format and/or academic accommodations.

I have a physical disability and do not need any accommodations. Do I need to see a DS Counselor?

Students with physical access concerns are strongly encouraged to meet with the DS Counselor to learn about specific campus access, parking, wheelchair access availability, and evacuation plans.

Will my special need keep me from being admitted to SVCC?

No. Complete your application for admission and submit it to the College as soon as you decide to attend.

I don't want anyone to know that I have a special need or need accommodation.

Disabilities Services maintains confidential contacts and records. Disability is never indicated on college student records. With the support of Student Development, students receiving accommodations are typically responsible to interact with instructors, tutors and programs regarding implementing accommodations.

What do I have to do to receive accommodations?

You must submit documentation of a disability and it must meet SVCC guidelines.

I am graduating from high school this year and will need accommodations. What do I do?

Be sure that any testing related to your disability has been revised to meet SVCC guidelines. Learning disability documentation must be no older that three years unless the testing was done after your 18th birthday.

I just need tutoring.

Each campus provides a tutoring center with free tutoring for SVCC students. Writing centers, math labs, and language labs are available on campus.

I am sure I must have a learning disability. Can I get tested?

Yes, all student request for testing and faculty/administrator referrals should be made directly to the Special Needs Counselor on the Christanna Campus who will schedule an interview with the student.

 More Information

Student Development Flyer

Emotional Support Animal Agreement 

Emotional Support Animal Process



Resources -Disability Support Services



SVCC Accessibility

Southside Virginia Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policy: Shannon Vassar Feinman, Vice-President for Finance and Administration; SVCC, 109 Campus Drive, Alberta, VA 23821; Telephone 434-949-1005; Email shannon.feinman@southside.edu.