Student Rights and Responsibilities
After being approved and granted accommodations for your disability, you need to be aware of the rights you have regarding these accommodations. Likewise, you also need to understand your responsibilities that go with the accommodations.
It is your right to have your letter of accommodation (referred to hereafter as LOA) sent to any and all instructors via the Student Disability Services (secure) online system. You may not need all accommodations for every class, but any professor that you will need an accommodation from must receive the LOA, so you must choose to have it sent.
It is your right not to use your LOA (or choose to have it sent to your faculty members) for any class during a semester. This does not affect your right to have accommodations again for any subsequent semester.
It is your right to request adjustments to your LOA regarding the accommodations for which you are eligible. Additions to your LOA must be supported by appropriate documentation.
It is your right to have your disability kept confidential. Student Disability Services will not share information regarding your disability with any faculty, staff, parents, or other entities without written permission.
It is your right to have your approved accommodations provided for you free of charge, as mandated in the Americans with Disabilities Act. Student Disability Services will never charge you for classroom accommodations.
It is your responsibility to request your electronic LOA be sent to your faculty members each semester. Once this is complete, it is also your responsibility to meet with each professor preferably during the first week of class, or within one week of receiving your Letter of Accommodation if it is during the semester, to review your LOA. The LOA becomes effective once the professor receives it and you have discussed needed accommodations. Accommodations are not retroactive.
It is your responsibility to report problems with professors who are not allowing accommodations to your Student Disability Services (SDS) counselor. This must be done during the semester the problem is occurring and not after grades have been given for the course. University policy states that instructors have one week as a reasonable amount of time to implement the accommodations. If this does not occur, the student should contact a counselor in the SDS office immediately.
Accommodations received in a face-to-face classroom may not be the same as in an online setting. Online course accommodations may be limited due to the nature of the course. It is your responsibility to discuss each needed accommodation with your faculty member in order to understand how the accommodation will be provided. Likewise, you may choose accommodations differently based on the teaching method of the course.
It is your responsibility to request LOAs through the online system each semester that you are going to need accommodations. If you decide to add/delete approved accommodations from your LOA, you will be able to make that choice online, or speak to your SDS counselor.
Study Abroad: Student Disability Services falls under the parameters of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Please understand that the ADA does not apply overseas or outside U.S. borders. A student is not guaranteed ADA accommodations for courses taught outside the United States even if affiliated with Texas Tech University. If you have questions, speak with your Student Disability Services counselor.
Attendance: Students' acceptance to Student Disability Services has no effect on class attendance. All students are required to follow class policy for attendance as outlined on the course syllabus. Although there is no blanket accommodation for missing classes, Student Disability Services will support you in working with the Dean of Students if there are issues that warrant an alteration in class attendance.
If you have note-taking assistance as an accommodation, you must attend class and be attentive. You do not have the right to copies of notes from a class if you miss over ½ the class due to tardiness, or if you were absent from the class. Power Point slides and fill-in-the-blank note packets are approved supplemental note taking accommodations. Please remember, these are supplemental notes and you are required to take your own notes. If you do not attempt to take notes, you are not eligible to receive supplemental notes.
If you require an alternative test location or extra time on examinations, professors are able to choose to use the Academic Testing Services (ATS) office or to test you within the department. If the ATS office is chosen, then it is your responsibility to arrange for this accommodation through the Academic Testing Services office and follow their requirements. ATS is a separate department and has specific procedures that must be followed. Be sure to make note of due date for pink testing forms, and if you do not meet the deadline you will be ineligible to take your final in ATS. Additionally, you must communicate with faculty members in relation to coordination of testing, and your LOAs must be in place prior to testing with ATS. Be sure to double check with the ATS office to ensure delivery of your test prior to testing time, and communicate with the ATS staff if any test dates change.
Books and Other Materials in Electronic Format:
If you have textbooks or other documents that need to be converted into an electronic version, this material must be delivered to the SDS office at least one week prior to the date needed. Material brought in less than 7 days before needed cannot be guaranteed to meet the requested deadline. Students can have instructors email documents directly to firstname.lastname@example.org if necessary. If a textbook is being scanned, a receipt showing purchase of the book must be provided along with the scanning request. Instructions for downloading the Kurzweil software, along with the Firefly app, can be found on the Student Disability Services website.
For Interpreter Services:
Requests for interpreter services should be completed immediately following registration for classes to ensure this accommodation for the first day of class. Students MUST also request LOAs prior to interpreters being present in the classroom. Per the Interpreter Request Form, interpreters are available for meetings with instructors to discuss accommodations.
By signing this document, you are aware of your Rights and Responsibilities, including your responsibility as a student to monitor your TTU email for alerts from SDS as well as other campus departments. If you have any problems in delivery of accommodations or the process of being accommodated, please provide Student Disability Services immediate notice.