The purpose of the Office of Student Disability Services is to provide assistance and accommodations to students with disabilities. West Texas A&M University is committed to providing all students with equal access to a quality education. In addition to serving as an advocate for students with disabilities, the office also works very closely with faculty and staff members in order to monitor students' progress and encourage a positive educational experience.
In order to be provided accommodations through the SDS office, students must provide documentation of their particular disability. The documentation must be current (within the last three to five years) and must include the following:
Services/accommodations for students with learning disabilities may include:
Students with disabilities needing accommodations must request them through theDirector of Student DisabilitySservices (SDS). Any approved accommodations will be based on documentation demonstrating eligibility under state and federal regulations.
If a student disagrees with accommodation decisions made by SDS, he/she may discuss the concern with the Director of SDS. Students must demonstrate that they have made a good-faith effort to resolve the complaint with the parties involved. If the complaint is still not resolved satisfactorily, the student may visit with the Assistance Vice President of Student Affairs. The Assistance Vice President may take up to five (5) working days to determine an appropriate resolution. During this process, informal discussions will take place with all parties involved in an attempt to resolve the complaint.
If no informal satisfactory resolution is determined within five (5) working days, the student may request the complaint be referred to the Disabilities Accommodations Appeals Committee. This request must be in writing to the Vice President for Student Affairs and must contain all reasons for the appeal. This committee will consist of the following or designated replacements.
Vice President for Student Affairs, Chairperson
Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost
Associate Vice President for Physical Facilities
Director of Student Medical Services
Faculty (from special education or other discipline with expertise in disability issues)
President of Faculty Senate
Student (representative of special populations)
Student (at large)
Recommendations of the Accommodations Appeals Committee will be forwarded to the President for final approval and implementation.
The following statement can be used on any WTAMU syllabus:West Texas A&M University seeks to provide reasonable accommodations for all qualified persons with disabilities. This University will adhere to all applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal educational opportunity. It is the student's responsibility to register with Student Disability Services (SDS) and to contact faculty members in a timely fashion to arrange for suitable accommodations. The SDS Office is located in the Student Success Center, CC 106 and their phone number is 806-651-2335.