Information for Prospective Students
Academic accommodations are individualized for qualified students who are registered with our office. To help answer any questions you may have about accommodations with our office, we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions for prospective students. If you have further questions, please contact our office.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Does UT Dallas provide services for students with disabilities?
Yes, accommodations and services are provided for students with documented disabilities to provide equal access to educational programs and services in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990), and UT Dallas policy. The Office of Student AccessAbility (OSA) facilitates the provision of services and accommodations for students. Accommodations are determined on an individual basis using the student’s disability documentation and in consultation with the student.
- Is there a separate admissions procedure for students with disabilities?
No, the admissions process and criteria are the same for all students applying to UT Dallas. Disability status will not be a consideration in admissions decisions.
- Should I send my disability documentation with my admissions application?
No, documentation should be submitted to OSA only after you have been admitted to the university and have registered for classes.
- What documentation is required to receive disability services?
Students requesting services must provide current and comprehensive documentation from a qualified professional. The documentation must verify the disability and its impact on a student’s academic performance and functional limitations. Please refer to the Required Documentation Guidelines for more information.
Please note that eligibility guidelines and accommodations may differ from your high school or other colleges you have attended. An Individualized Education Plan or 504 Plan alone is not sufficient documentation.
- Who at the University will know about my disability if I register with OSA?
The accommodation process requires disclosure of the disability status to faculty and OSA staff in order to adapt courses, equipment or facilities to ensure equal access. OSA recognizes the right of the student to determine who receives disability-related information and the right to confidentiality of this information. Disability-related documents, nor services received from our office, are part of a student’s permanent education record.
- Is there a deadline for submitting disability documentation?
To ensure that accommodations will be in place when the academic semester begins, students are encouraged to submit documentation four to six weeks in advance.
- What happens after my disability documentation is received?
OSA evaluates documentation to determine eligibility for services. An intake appointment is set to identify reasonable accommodations, and an individualized service plan is created to meet the needs of the registered student. Please note academic accommodations are not retroactive.
- What accommodations and services will I be eligible for?
Appropriate and reasonable accommodations are determined on an individual basis. These accommodations may differ from those provided in high school or other colleges. Accommodations frequently used by students with disabilities include extended time for test taking, note takers, printed materials in alternate formats, sign language interpreters and the use of assistive technology.
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