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Purpose 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 activity.
  • Has approved accommodations issued by Student Disability Services 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 private information between Student Disability Services staff and the student, unless the student chooses to reveal it.
  • Any explicit or implicit inference to a particular student and the disability is inappropriate.

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
  • Lecture outline/slides

Professor Rights:

  • Insist that all students adhere to the Spartan Code and the Academic Integrity Policy.
  • Require students to present letters of accommodation from Student Disability Services before allowing accommodations.
  • May request a signed agreement from students for audio recording of lectures and attendance leniency accommodations. These forms are available to the student via Accommodate by Symplicity. 
  • Challenge accommodations that fundamentally alter the academic integrity of a course. Please contact the associate director with any concerns regarding approved accommodations. 

Professor Responsibilities:

  • Shared responsibility for providing student accommodations with Student Disability Services.
  • Assist Student Disability Services with identifying appropriate accommodations for your course, when requested.
  • Provide reasonable accommodations when letter of accommodation has been received.
  • Include a Student Disability Services statement on your syllabus:
    If there is a student who requires accommodations because of any disability, please go to the Academic Success Center in North Walker Hall for information regarding registering as a student with a disability. You may also call (813) 257-5757 or email Please feel free to discuss this issue with me, in private, if you need more information. 
  • Consult with Student Disability Services whenever there is a question concerning a student with a disability.

Examples of Accommodations Provided:

  • Extended time on tests
  • Distraction-reduced test environment
  • Note taker, when requested
  • Access to the instructor's lecture notes
  • Permission to audio record class lectures
  • 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
  • Enlarged print
  • Attendance Leniency

Want to be more involved with disability issues at UT?

  • Become a part of the Accessibility Committee. We are a committee made up of faculty and staff who meet twice a semester and discuss hot topics in the disability world as well as campus disability issues and concerns.
  • Share your thoughts with the associate director regarding any questions or concerns you may have about Student Disability Services. 

Contact Information

Academic Excellence Programs
Student Disability Services
Academic Success Center, North Walker Hall
(813) 257-5757 or (813) 257-3266