Faculty Guidelines

Purpose of Student Disability Services:

  • Provide services and accommodations to students with disabilities
  • Work closely with faculty and staff in an advisory capacity
  • Assist in the development of reasonable accommodations for students
  • Provide equal access for individuals with disabilities

Qualified Individual:

  • Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities
  • Has accommodation paperwork issued by the Office of Student Disability Services at UT after a complete review of appropriate documentation by a qualified professional
  • Is otherwise qualified to attend UT


  • Disability documentation and the nature of the disability is confidential between the coordinator and the student unless the student chooses to reveal it
  • Any explicit or implicit inference to a particular student and the disability is inappropriate

General Disorders:

  • Specific Learning Disabilities (i.e. Math, Reading, Writing, Language)
  • Psychiatric/Psychological Disorders
  • Blind/Visually Impaired
  • Deaf/Hearing Impaired
  • Neurological/Brain Injury
  • Orthopedic/Mobility Disorders
  • Systemic Disorders
  • Temporary medical conditions
A general description of a disorder, its characteristics, and helpful accommodations, as well as specific strategies to aid a student, may be obtained from the Office of Student Disability Services.

Tips that Facilitate All Student Learning:

  • Speaking at a clear and normal tone
  • Visual aids
  • Face the class
  • Spatial awareness
  • Learning style adaptations
  • Guided lecture questions
  • Study guides
  • Frequent feedback
  • Key terms
  • Course outline

Professor Rights:

  • May request a signed agreement from students for tape recording of lectures
  • Insist that all students adhere to the student code of conduct
  • Require students present letters from the Office of Student Disability Services before allowing accommodations
  • Challenge accommodations that fundamentally alter the academic integrity of a course

Professor Responsibilities:

  • Shared responsibility for providing student accommodations with the Office of Student Disability Services
  • Provide reasonable accommodations when verification letter has been received
  • Include a disability services statement on your syllabus
    If there is any student who has special needs because of a disability, please go to Jennifer Del Valle at the Office of Student Disability Services in North Walker Hall, Room 108 to report your needs and provide documentation of your disability for certification. Please feel free to discuss this issue with me, in private, if you need more information.
  • Consult with the Disabilities Office whenever there is a question concerning a student with a disability

General Accommodations Provided:

  • Extended time on tests
  • Distraction-reduced test environment
  • Note taking
  • Use of a computer for note taking, written assignments, and tests
  • Special seating
  • Adaptive equipment/assistive technology
  • Scribe
  • Reader
  • Tape-recorded lecture
  • Enlarged print
  • Interpreter
Contact Information
Jennifer Del Valle, Associate Director
Academic Center for Excellence
Office of Student Disability Services
North Walker Hall, Room 108
(813) 257-3266
Website: www.ut.edu/disabilities/