In compliance with Section 504 of the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA), Limestone College offers disability 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 college age students with specific learning disabilities. During Fall 2004, PALS added life coaches to work with all new PALS students (please refer to the "Benefits" section for details). Only students with documented learning disabilities and/or ADD/ADHD are eligible to receive program services. For program purposes, learning disabled refers to students with average to above average intelligence (above 90 IQ), who have a discrepancy between measured intelligence and achievement. 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.
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 learning disabilities and/or ADD/ADHD in order that they may become independent and successful in an academic environment within three years after becoming enrolled in PALS at Limestone College.
PALS is only offered during the regular academic year and only at the main campus of Limestone College, in Gaffney, SC.
Students who have self-identified as having a learning disability and wanting the services of PALS must first be admitted to Limestone College either fully or as PALS provisionally. 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. In addition, students wishing to receive services through PALS must submit a copy of their most recent (within three years) psychological report, documenting the existence of a learning disability (only evaluations by certified school psychologists will be accepted. The documentation guidelines are available here). SAT or ACT scores are no longer required for students meeting PALS criteria. In lieu of test score 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.