Texas Tech University

Reasonable Classroom Accommodations

The university has issued an official policy on reasonable accommodations. Listed below are examples of reasonable classroom accommodations:

  • Note-Taking Services
  • Additional time on work done in class and on tests, unless speed is the essential element being tested.
  • Alternative test location which provides a quiet environment that reduces distractions
  • Priority seating assignment
  • Test reader
  • Test scribe
  • Student may need to have any written material (e.g., overheads, transparencies, chalkboard, notes, etc.) read aloud or put into an accessible format
  • Due to the nature of the student's disability, he/she may need to take breaks during class
  • A sign language interpreter (interpreter will use sign language to interpret lectures and fulfill interpreter requests.)
  • Captioned/subtitled videos
  • Allowance of assistive devices in the classroom and on assignments or exams:
    • Tape recorder for class lectures and in-class assignments (e.g. essays)
    • Computers in Academic Testing Services (or provided by instructors) for essay exams or in-class writing assignments.
    • Lap top computer for note taking

Important information regarding absences:

A female professor passes out notes to a students sitting at a table in the classroom.

No accommodation exists that allows a student to miss class simply because of a disability. Class attendance is considered an essential element of the course unless otherwise noted in the course syllabus. Academic departments set their own attendance policies and class attendance is an expectation of Texas Tech students. In the event of extenuating circumstances, due to a disability, Student Disability Services is available to consult with students and faculty on issues concerning attendance. To help facilitate the discussion, Student Disability Services staff may follow up with instructors to further explain student circumstances and set parameters between an instructor and a student. However, it is still up to the department's discretion whether or not absences are excused.

Student Disability Services