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Student Guidelines

Purpose of the Office of Student Disability Services
  • Assist in the development of reasonable accommodations for students
  • Provide services and accommodations to students with disabilities
  • Work closely with faculty and staff in an advisory capacity
  • 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

Eligibility Verification

  • Determined on an individual basis by the coordinator and an independent consultant using the documentation requirements found at   
  • Documentation requirements are based upon the best practices and guidelines of the national organizations AHEAD ( and ETS (
  • Self-disclosure by student to the Office of Student Disability Services
  • Verification by another institution does not necessarily guarantee eligibility for services at UT
  • IEPs alone are NOT sufficient documentation
  • Documentation must be received in a timely manner to allow for thorough review of documentation and establishment of services

Access to Academic Services

  • Reasonable accommodations will be made based on an individual’s disability
  • Requests that will fundamentally alter the integrity or standards of a course or major will not be honored
  • Accommodations are made to allow equal access to opportunities given to all students; however, success cannot be guaranteed

Student Responsibilities

  • Identify themselves to the Office of Student Disability Services
  • Provide appropriate documentation and request accommodations in a timely manner
  • Meet with the associate director each semester to obtain letters of accommodation
  • Assume personal academic responsibility by meeting with faculty and staff and requesting help when needed
  • Follow Student Guidelines for utilizing academic accommodations provided by the Office of Student Disability Services
  • Inform the Office of Student Disability Services in a timely manner should any problem with accommodations arise

Office of Student Disability Services Responsibilities

  • Work with the student, staff and faculty to provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations to allow equal access for students with disabilities
  • Provide students with a central location to resolve disability issues
  • Provide assistance with academic skills, such as organization, time management and study skills
  • Serve in an advisory capacity for students with disabilities
  • Maintain strict student confidentiality

General Accommodations Provided

  • Extended time on tests
  • Distraction-reduced test environment
  • Note taking services
  • Use of a computer for note taking, written assignments and tests
  • Special seating in the classroom
  • Adaptive equipment/assistive technology
  • Test Scribe and/or Test Reader
  • Audio recorded lecture
  • Enlarged print


Contact Information

Academic Excellence Programs
Office of Student Disability Services
North Walker Hall Room 108
(813) 257-3266