As part of our COVID-19 prevention measures, Disability Support Resources staff is working remotely. Please call 616-331-2490 or email for assistance.

The university requires that face coverings that cover the mouth and nose be worn in public indoor and outdoor spaces when it is not possible to consistently maintain a distance of at least six feet from others, including in classrooms and laboratories.

Persons who are unable to wear a face-covering due to a medical condition are asked to complete an Application for Services through Disability Support Resources and submit supporting medical documentation to DSR. Documentation review will be expedited, and applicants will be contacted by DSR staff for a virtual interactive appointment.

Those who already participate in the DSR program should schedule an appointment with their DSR advisor. A memorandum “memo” from DSR will verify an exception to the policies of the university. Please use the memo to navigate campus as documentation for face-covering exemption and share it with professors before class.

Mission: The mission of Disability Support Resources (DSR) is to provide support resources and accommodations that enhance the environment for persons with disabilities and to help educate the university community on disability issues. 

Vision: We strive to provide people with disabilities with the resources needed to be successful as a student, staff or faculty member through innovative approaches and effective collaborations to foster a more inclusive and equitable campus for the benefit of all.

Values: Diversity; Professionalism; Collaboration; Scholarship; Life-long learning; Individualism; Social Justice; Developmental Advising


The Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008) Philosophy Statement:
Grand Valley State University (GVSU) is committed to providing access to programs and facilities for all students, faculty and staff. GVSU promotes the inclusion of individuals with disabilities as part of our commitment to creating a diverse, intercultural community. It is the policy of GVSU to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

Approved 11/05 edited 1/09

As adopted by the Board of Trustees, Grand Valley State University is committed to inclusion and equity, and strives to establish a climate that welcomes and affirms the contributions of all students and employees. The University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University strives to provide all members of its community an inclusive environment and equitable opportunities for success.

The University is also committed to maintaining a climate conducive to an educational, living, and employment environment that is free from unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination, as well as those defined by this policy. All members of the community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. It is neither the purpose nor intent of this policy to infringe on the First Amendment or academic freedom as defined by the University.

The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution, consistent with its obligations as a federal contractor. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. It is committed to protecting the constitutional and statutory civil rights of persons connected with the University.

Members of the University community, including students, employees, faculty, staff, administrators, Board members, consultants, vendors, others engaged to do business with the University, candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, as defined by this policy. In accordance with applicable federal and state law and this policy, acts of discrimination or harassment by members of the campus community are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. This includes inappropriate limitation of, access to, or participation in educational, employment, athletic, social, cultural, or other university programs and activities. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Limitations are lawful if they are: directly related to a legitimate university purpose, required by law, or lawfully required by a grant or contract between the university and the state or federal government. For the purposes of this policy, sex-/gender-based harassment includes sexual misconduct, sexual assault, interpersonal or relationship violence, and stalking.

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