Visiting Palm Beach State College
For more than 80 years, Palm Beach State College has opened doors for students and
changed lives. Our graduates are community and business leaders and shining stars
in their careers.
We invite you to come visit our campuses and see all that PBSC has to offer. We've put together some resources to make your visit more enjoyable and to help you navigate.
These spaces are clearly marked with disability parking signs and are monitored by campus security and law enforcement agencies. You are required by law to have the appropriate DMV-issued placard or license as well as a Palm Beach State College parking decal. Disability Support Services does not issue or approve parking decals. They are available at the campus security office.
Parking and Traffic Information
If you plan to use your personal vehicle to drive to any of our campuses and park on any of the college’s parking lots, you will need a parking decal. Disability Support Services does not issue or approve parking decals. Visit the Security website for information on how to secure a parking decal.
For campus maps, please visit the Locations web page. Here you will find campus maps for Belle Glade, Boca Raton, Lake Worth, Loxahatchee Groves, Palm Beach Gardens and the Historic Building. The maps provide the names of buildings as well as the location for accessible parking. All campus maps do not show accessible parking or bathrooms.
Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities
Before an Emergency:
- Familiarize yourself with the Palm Beach State College’s Emergency Information web page for vital information about what to do in an emergency and how to stay informed.
- Become familiar with important locations in each building you enter: exits, stairways, and hallways and where windows are present. Download a copy of the Emergency Information flyer you or contact any DSS office to print you a copy.
- Depending on the emergency how you prepare will be different. Use this emergency plan flyer to learn what you should do in the event of a fire, power outage, severe weather, hazardous spill, violence or threat of violence.
- Ask several reliable people in your classes or workplace to assist you in case of an emergency and instruct them in the best way to do so.
During an Emergency:
- Call campus police immediately or 911. Provide the location and type of assistance needed; if you move from the given location, notify campus police.
- Move as quickly as you can towards the nearest safe exit. Do not attempt to use the elevator!
- Notify others in your location of your need for assistance.
- If unable to speak or speak loudly, carry a whistle or have other means of attracting the attention of others.
- If danger is imminent, you should ask for help evacuating the building.
After an Emergency:
- Seek emotional support if needed. Contact the Counseling Center for an appointment to discuss the emergency or crisis at 561-868-3980 or visit the Counseling Center webpage.
- If you are unable to meet with a mental health professional immediately practice health
self-care until you make contact. Tips include:
- Create a sense of safety by recognizing and stating the danger is over and help is
on the way. Try not to replay the event over in your mind, watch or read the news
- Create a sense of calmness. After an emergency it is common to feel anxious. Keeping
yourself calm will help you regain control. Use a simple calming technique like deep-breathing.
Take a deep breath, count to four, let your breath out slowly.
- Practice healthy self-care by resting your body and mind when you need it. Eat a healthy
meal and drink plenty of water to support your physical needs.
- Stay socially connected to create a sense of belonging by visiting, calling, texting, instant messaging or video chatting with a family member or friend.
- Create a sense of safety by recognizing and stating the danger is over and help is on the way. Try not to replay the event over in your mind, watch or read the news about it.
Service Animal Definition
A service animal is an animal trained to perform tasks for an individual with a disability, including physical, sensory, mental, psychological, intellectual, or other mental disabilities. Service animals do not always have a harness, sign, or symbol indicating that they are service animals.
Florida state law does not restrict the type of animal that can serve as a service animal; however, only service animals that are dogs or miniature horses are permitted at Palm Beach State College.
Service Animal Owner’s Responsibilities
The service animal’s owner is responsible for:
- Keeping the animal under direct control
- Ensuring that the animal is not disruptive
- Cleaning up after the animal immediately and disposing of waste and debris promptly
- Dealing with any damage or injury caused by the service animal
- If the owner is not able to keep the service animal under control and the service animal poses a threat to anyone the owner will be asked to remove the service animal