Disability Support Services

North Foundation Hall, Room 103A
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-3266
Fax: (248) 370-4327
Video Phone: (248) 841-8015
TTY: (248) 370-3268
DSS@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
M-F: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Campus Accessibility

Campus buildings and parking: 
Not all buildings and facilities on campus are fully accessible. However, the majority of the campus terrain is easily navigated. The Campus Accessibility Map is color-coded and shows the level of accessibility for pathways, buildings, and doors. Accessible parking is identified by blue lines and handicapped signs in parking lots. The map also locates accessible parking in the various campus lots.  State authorized disability parking permits are required and must be visibly displayed in designated window or on license plates. The university does not require any additional permits.

Accessible housing services:
The Office of University Housing makes accessible units available upon request.  Students can indicate their needs on the Student Profile Information Sheet and submit it with their hall/residence application to the Housing Office.  Housing accepts students who use live-in personal assistants for independent living.  For information on accessible off-campus housing in Oakland or Macomb Counties contact the Oakland & Macomb Independent Living Center.

Door openers:
Door openers are available for most university buildings.  “Clickers” can be loaned to students and returned when no longer needed.

Snow priority route:
The Campus Accessibility Map displays the pathway that will be cleared as a priority during snowfall. Students using wheelchairs can submit individual routes at the semester start to have pathways cleared during snowy weather. Report problem areas to the DSS office or on Report a Barrier form online. Download a map from the DSS website to view the "Snow Priority Route".

Short-term Loan of a Wheelchair:
Students who are registered with DSS may borrow a wheelchair, but it must be returned the same day it is borrowed.

Recreation Center: 
The Campus Recreation Center has a variety of exercise equipment specifically designed for people with disabilities who are interested in fitness.
  • Dual Cable Crossover is located inside the Fitness Center and has excellent upper body strength training exercises. 
  • Sci-Fit Upper Body Ergometer – cardio for upper body. Wheelchair accessible.
  • Hand Held Dumbbells - To be used for upper body strength training.
  • Hydraulic Lift - Powered by water; people with physical challenges can get in and out of the pool by using this seated lift. Also available in the pool are double handrails and steps for the alcove pool and hot tub.
  • Accessible shower stalls in the locker rooms - Men's and women's locker rooms have showers with seats and hand held shower heads. Also available are lockers for individuals in wheelchairs.
  • Elevator - An elevator is available for access to the lower level of the Student Rec Center.
Use of mobility devices:
Oakland University does not supply mobility devices for individual use but permits their use. The University makes reasonable accommodations for usage of mobility devices unless the device cannot be accommodated because of legitimate safety requirements. Please refer to the policy on other power-driven mobility devices (OPDMDs).