How to Request and Receive Academic Accommodations
Students must request to receive accommodations due to disability need by completing the following process:
1. Apply and be accepted for admission to Texas Tech University through the standard admissions process.
2. Register with Student Disability Services.
3. Provide current and comprehensive documentation of a diagnosed disability to the Student Disability Services Office.
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4. Student must complete the initial intake meeting in order to receive Letters of Accommodation (LOA).
After the initial registration, students must renew their affiliation and request services at the beginning of each semester (through the completion of an LOA Request Form) to continue receiving services.
Registering with Student Disability Services
It is the student's responsibility to make his/her accommodation needs known and to provide the appropriate documentation to support the need for the requested accommodations. Students are also responsible for renewing their affiliation and services with the Student Disability Services Office (SDS) each semester. It is important for students to remember that under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations are provided to ensure equal access. A student has the right to succeed or fail in a course based on his/her academic performance. College accommodations in no way guarantee a student success in a course.
Documentation can be submitted for review at any time during the year as long as the documentation is for a currently registered student or any incoming student that has accepted their offer of admission.
Please note: all documentation provided to the Student Disability Services within the last 21 class days will be processed for the following semester. No exceptions will be made to this policy. It is the student's responsibility to apply for and obtain accommodations in a reasonable time frame within the semester.
Documentation submitted to Student Disability Services is confidential and used solely for the purpose of assisting students in identifying and securing accommodations and services to support their full participation at Texas Tech University. Affiliation with Student Disability Services is not reported on a student's transcript. Students should review the documentation guidelines for more information. Documentation can be mailed, emailed, faxed or delivered in person.
When Documentation is Received
Once documentation is received, it will be processed through the main office. This process can take up to 10 business days, so it is essential that the student plans ahead. A counselor in the office will review the student's application and documentation and determine if the documentation meets Texas Tech's documentation guidelines and supports the need for accommodations.
After Documentation is Reviewed
Once a student's documentation has been reviewed by an SDS Counselor, the student will be notified via their local (for current students) or permanent (for incoming students) address. Once the letter is received by the student, he or she will need to contact the SDS office and schedule an initial intake meeting.
It is the SDS office's policy that our students are responsible for their success; therefore the student is required to contact the office to schedule his/her appointment. Parents are only permitted to attend the student's initial intake meeting with the student's expressed consent.
During a student's initial intake meeting he/she will be informed of the academic accommodations for which he/she is eligible. During this meeting the student will have the opportunity to select which approved accommodations he/she would like to use for the upcoming semester. Appropriate accommodations are determined by the counselor and student based on the type of disability, documented needs, previous accommodations, and functional limitations of the student. The student has the opportunity to review these selections during the LOA request process each academic semester. SDS is also able to assist students with temporary disabling conditions (e.g. broken hand).
Students registered with SDS are eligible for priority registration the semester following their enrollment for services. Currently enrolled students who are new to SDS will not have priority registration in the same semester in which they enroll, if enrolled after the first class day. Students must be currently enrolled to be eligible, so students who are on suspension are not eligible for priority registration. Incoming students are not eligible until the semester following their Red Raider Orientation. SDS is not able to override a student into a course. Any hold on a student's account will prevent them from taking advantage of priority registration.
Academic Testing Services
Academic Testing Services at Texas Tech works to ensure that appropriate testing accommodations are provided for students who are eligible for services. Specific information regarding ATS policies and procedures is provided to students during their initial intake meeting. While SDS and ATS work together closely, it is the student's responsibility to ensure that they have followed all applicable policies and procedures and met all stated ATS deadlines.
Sign Language Interpreters and CART Services
Student Disability Services offers sign language interpreter and Remote CART services for academic purposes to qualified students registered with the department. Students must apply for services, be accepted, and complete an intake prior to receiving services.
Students with disabilities who experience physical barriers on campus are encouraged to contact SDS for assistance.
Resources and Referrals
Although Student Disability Services does not offer disability evaluation and/or testing, transportation, assistance with personal expenses or personal attendants, SDS does provide resources and referral information.