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Faculty 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 associate director 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:

  • ADHD
  • Specific Learning Disabilities (i.e. Math, Reading, Written Expression)
  • 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 upon request.

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 from the Office of Student Disability Services before allowing accommodations.
  • May request a signed agreement from students for audio recording of lectures. This form is available upon request from the Office of Student Disability Services.
  • 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 the Office of Student Disability Services.
  • Provide reasonable accommodations when letter of accommodation 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 contact 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 Office of Student Disability Services whenever there is a question concerning a student with a disability.

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

Want to be more involved with disability issues?

  • Become a part of the Accessibility Committee.  We are a committee made up of faculty and staff that meet twice a semester and discuss hot topics in the disability world as well as campus disability issues and concerns.
  • Attend a workshop. The Office of Student Disability Services hosts several workshops throughout the semester on topics of interest to faculty.
  • Share your thoughts with the associate director regarding any questions or concerns you may have about disability services.
Contact Information
Academic Excellence Programs
Office of Student Disability Services
North Walker Hall Room 108
(813) 257-3266