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Accessibility

Accessibility Services

In compliance with Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Limestone College offers accessibility services for any students meeting disability criteria. Appropriate documentation of learning and/or physical disabilities will permit the college to offer necessary accommodations at no additional fee to the student.

PALS - Program for Alternative Learning Styles

The Limestone College Program for Alternative Learning Styles (PALS) was developed to serve bright college students who happen to have disabilities which may adversely impact education performance. Only students with documented disabilities and/or ADHD are eligible to receive program services. For program purposes, bright refers to students with average to above average intelligence (85 or above IQ). This term does not refer to students with mental retardation, brain injury, or other conditions. While any student interested in applying to Limestone College is encouraged to do so, such students may not be eligible for services as defined by PALS.

Mission
The mission of PALS is to provide academic support to those whose access to higher education has been difficult. Specifically, PALS is designed to enhance academic support services to students with diagnosed disabilities which may adversely impact educational performance, in order that they may become independent and successful in an academic environment within three years.

PALS is only offered during the regular academic year and only at the main campus of Limestone College, in Gaffney, SC.

Admissions
Students who self-identify as having a disability and who seek the services of PALS must first be admitted to Limestone College; either fully or as PALS required. To be admitted, students must submit a high school transcript for proof of graduation with a diploma (or the GED equivalent) and the Limestone College application.

To be fully or provisionally admitted to Limestone, students must submit a high school transcript for proof of graduation with a diploma (or the GED equivalent) and the Limestone College application, along with appropriate SAT/ACT scores. In addition, students wishing to receive services through PALS must submit a copy of their most recent psychological report and/or other appropriate documentation, verifying the existence of a disability. Upon acceptance, these students may choose to participate in Accessibility or PALS.

To be conditionally accepted, as PALS required, SAT or ACT scores are not mandatory for students meeting PALS criteria (such as an average or higher IQ; 85+). In lieu of test scores, three letters of recommendation are required: two from teachers, one from a guidance counselor. All available information is carefully reviewed prior to determination of acceptance into PALS. Additionally, interested students are required to visit the campus for an interview with the director. The Accessibility Advisory Council will review all files of students seeking admissions as PALS required. These students will be notified of the Council’s decision by mail. If accepted, these students are required to participate in PALS until they have earned at least 12 non-developmental credits, each with a 2.0 or higher GPA.

Fully or provisionally accepted students who have disabilities which may impact academic performance, but who do not meet PALS criteria, may also choose to participate in PALS.