Frequently Asked Questions
A disability is defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities. Learning is an example of a major life activity. If you have a mental or physical condition, a history of such a condition, or a condition which may be considered by others as substantially limiting, you may have a legally defined disability.
How are the laws governing postsecondary education and accommodation process different at Texas State University (TXST)?
Students with disabilities and their parents are encouraged to learn about the differences between high school and college including legal principles, self-advocacy, role of parents/guardians, confidentiality, time and attendance, studying, tests, and promoting student success. For additional information, please visit the Office of Disability Services’ (ODS) Transition to College webpage.
No. All students must meet the same minimum requirements for admission and go through the same competitive admissions process.
No. You provide the information only if you wish to do so.
Yes. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, TXST strives to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to all aspects of the university.
TXST provides accommodations and supportive services for students with varying disabilities including, but not limited to: blindness or low vision, deafness or hard of hearing, AD/HD, learning disabilities, mobility/physical conditions, chronic medical conditions, neurological conditions, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and mental health conditions.
The ODS determines accommodations that ensure students with disabilities have equal access to all university programs and activities. Types of accommodations include but are not limited to:
- Extended time on examinations
- Reduced distraction environment for testing
- Note-taking assistance
- Text in alternate format (e.g., electronic text, Braille, etc.)
- Special Groups (Early) Registration for classes
- Sign language interpreting services
- Real-time captioning services
No. A student’s academic record is maintained by the Registrar’s Office. All disability documentation and information related to a student with a disability is maintained in a confidential file in the ODS.
If I am receiving disability services elsewhere (e.g., high school, college, university, etc.), will I automatically receive them at TXST?
No. You will need to register with the ODS and securely provide documentation of your disability or disabilities. If applicable, you are encouraged to submit information regarding your previously approved accommodations in order to assist the ODS in making an informed decision about the need for accommodations and support services. You may not qualify for the exact same accommodations at TXST.
After being admitted to Texas State University:
- Fill out the Online Student Application within the Accessible Information Management (AIM) database. This is required to register for services with the ODS.
- Securely provide documentation of the disability or disabilities to our office. If you have the requested documentation, you can provide it to the ODS by uploading it using the Upload Documentation link within AIM, delivering a copy to the office, or faxing it to 512-245-3452.
Please Note: Because email is not considered a protected form of communication, please do not email any confidential information or documentation to the office.
If you do not have a copy of the requested documentation, you can complete a Consent for Release of Confidential Information Form, and the ODS can request this information on your behalf. Please fill out your name, on-campus or off-campus provider information, and the signature portion at the bottom. You may email the completed form to our office to be faxed to your listed provider.
- The ODS will review the need for accommodations and support services based on your disability documentation and disability based-need(s). It may take up to 30 business days for the ODS to review your submitted documentation.
- Once documentation is submitted and meets the ODS's guidelines, the ODS will follow up with you via email to schedule your Accommodation Review Meeting.
For additional information, please visit the How to Register with ODS webpage.
Sources of information used for determining a disability and/or accommodation include a student’s self-report, direct observation, interaction with the student, and/or documentation from qualified evaluators or professionals. For additional information, please visit the ODS office and the Documentation Guidelines webpage.
Where can I be evaluated if I believe I have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), a learning disability, or a mental health condition?
The ODS has an ODS Clinical Referral List of off-campus diagnosticians to whom we refer students for professional assessment.
Students can request additional time on course assignments as an academic accommodation; however, the accommodation is not typically approved. Academic accommodations and support services are not intended to alter essential elements or academic expectations of a course or program. Assignment deadlines are an element of the course determined by course instructors. The ODS encourages students to communicate their concerns regarding coursework with their instructors.
I am a student with a disability and am unable to attend my face-to-face classes. Can I receive online or remote access to my classes as an academic accommodation?
Since the ODS cannot alter course or program methods of delivery, students are encouraged to discuss alternatives with their instructors if they are unable to attend face-to-face classes.
The ODS is located at both the San Marcos and Round Rock campuses. In San Marcos, the office is located on the fifth floor of the LBJ Student Center. The Round Rock office is located on the second floor of the Avery Building. For additional information, please visit the Locations & Driving Directions webpage.