Disability Services web site. NOTE: Information on the Disability Services web site may be more current than the following information.
No person with a disability will be discriminated against on the basis of his or her disability as defined in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and redefined in Public Law 101-336, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The ADA requires institutions of higher learning to make reasonable accommodations for the needs of qualified students with disabilities as they pursue a postsecondary education. Tennessee Technological University, being committed to high academic standards and the development of self-esteem and dignity in all members of the academic community, will provide reasonable accommodations to assist the student with disabilities in participating in university programs.
Disability: A disability, with respect to an individual seeking accommodations in programs and services, is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of the individual.
Qualified Individual with a Disability: A qualified individual with a disability must satisfy the requisite skill, experience, education and other program-related requirements, and can perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, the essential requirements of such program.
Reasonable Accommodation: Reasonable accommodation as defined by the ADA includes making existing facilities readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities, acquiring or modifying equipment or devices, adjusting or modifying examinations or class schedules, providing qualified readers or interpreters, and other similar accommodations for individuals with disabilities. Reasonable accommodation does not include fundamental changes to an activity, undue financial burden, or undue administrative burden.
Faculty - It is the responsibility of each faculty member to:
The Office of Disability Services is responsible for providing assistance to students with disabilities to support their educational development and vocational outcomes. The ODS provides direct assistance in appropriate classroom accommodations, creation and maintenance of an accessible physical environment, access to technology equipment, and encouragement of independence. The ODS facilitates the provisions for students which include, but are not limited to, recruitment, admissions, academic programs, housing, health services, counseling, financial aid, physical education, athletics and recreation. A full-time Director, a Learning Disabilities Coordinator, a Sign Language Interpreter and secretarial support are located in the ODS. The ODS:
The ADA Advisory Committee is responsible for evaluating and recommending policies and procedures that will help the University to meet the needs of students with disabilities and insure that the University is in compliance with federal and state statutes. The Committee will meet once a semester (excluding summer), with other meetings scheduled as needed. The Committee shall consist of the following individuals:
The Office of Disability Services Director will provide technical assistance to the Advisory Committee. The functions of the Advisory Committee will be to:
All students applying for admission to Tennessee Technological University must follow the application procedures outlined in the TTU Catalog. Once students are admitted, those students with disabilities are required to register with the ODS to be entitled to the services accorded to students with disabilities. To be protected by the ADA, a person must not only be an individual with a disability, but must be qualified. Early contact with the ODS is essential for many services, especially for pre-enrollment planning, early registration permits, specialized orientation, and completion of the AR.
Disability information is confidential and is released only upon consent of the student.
Due to confidentiality issues, a student with a disability must present his/her own requests for accommodations and services to the Office of Disability Services.
Evaluation of Disability
Students must submit appropriate documentation of their disability to the ODS. If the student has a learning disability, documentation includes a restricted intelligence test and an achievement battery in Math, Reading, Written Language, and Spelling. For other disabilities, documentation includes a medical evaluation submitted by a physician or other qualified specialist.
Documentation of a student's disability must not be more than three years old and must clearly state the nature of the disability. The University may request more recent information. For a learning disability (i.e., visual-motor integration difficulties, auditory memory deficits, etc.), the report should describe the impact this disability has had on academic performance and accommodations that have been made in school. If the student has documentation over three years old, or if a student suspects that he/she is learning disabled and has never had an evaluation, the ODS will encourage the student to complete diagnostic procedures elsewhere as the University does not provide this service.
Requests for Accommodation
A student with a disability who is requesting a reasonable accommodation must make an appointment with the ODS to discuss the support systems or other special accommodations he/she may need. If the student has recent (no more than 3 years old) documentation from the appropriate professional, the following accommodation procedures are followed:
Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for Academic Requirement for Graduation
A student with a disability who is requesting a reasonable accommodation in an academic requirement for graduation shall adhere to the following procedure:
Existing University grievance procedures are available for adjudication of complaints. Contact the Office of Disability Services. The ODS is located in the Roaden University Center, Room 112; phone 372-6119.
[Approved by The University Assembly November 29, 2000.]