Faculty and Staff
Academic Accommodation Information for Faculty
It is the policy of The University of Texas at Dallas to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and state and local regulations regarding students and applicants with disabilities. In compliance with these laws, the Office of Student AccessAbility (OSA) is dedicated to maintaining an environment that guarantees students with disabilities full access to educational programs, activities and facilities.
In carrying out this policy, we recognize that disabilities include mobility, sensory, health, psychological and learning disabilities. It is our intent to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals. We are unable, however, to make accommodations that are unduly burdensome or that fundamentally alter the nature of a course, program or activity.
It is the student’s responsibility to identify himself/herself to OSA and to provide documentation of a disability. Strict documentation guidelines exist for different types of disabilities. See Documentation Guidelines. The student meets with OSA, who determines appropriate accommodations after reviewing documentation prepared by a licensed professional.
With the exception of accommodations, students with disabilities should be treated like other students in the classroom. It is not necessary to develop separate grading criteria or requirements.
Instructors are under no obligation to provide accommodations for a student who does not identify himself/herself as a student with a disability. If a student requests accommodations for a disability but has not provided the faculty member with an Accommodation Letter from OSA, the instructor should immediately refer the student to OSA. If the disability is visible (use of a wheelchair, hearing aids, service dog, etc.) and the requested accommodation is obviously appropriate, the faculty member should provide the accommodation while the student is in the process of registering with OSA.
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