The Center for Student Academic Support offers a comprehensive range of services and accommodations for students with disabilities. Our goal is to provide services that maximize students’ independence and ability to fully participate in the TU curriculum.
Students with diagnosed disabilities (or who think they may have a disability and want to find out) work with CSAS to receive accommodations that will provide access to all educational opportunities. CSAS provides ongoing support and assistance to students with all disabilities, including ADHD, learning disabilities, psychological disabilities, and physical disabilities.
In order to receive accommodations best suited and approved for their needs, students provide documentation of their disability to CSAS. Depending on the type of disability, additional documentation may be needed from the student’s diagnosing professional. Students can schedule an appointment with CSAS staff to discuss documentation and requested accommodations.
All student requests for accommodations are reviewed by the Eligibility Committee, a university committee that includes CSAS staff plus professionals from the student’s college advising office and the counseling center. After accommodations are approved by the Eligibility Committee, each student works with CSAS staff to set up arrangements for his or her course schedule. Some examples of disability accommodations offered may include:
- Extended time on exams
- Taking exams in a distraction-reduced environment
- Computer use for exams
- Peer notetakers
- Recording lectures
- Priority registration for classes
- Documentation of ongoing medical absences
- Notifications for allergies
- Alternative formats
- ASL interpreting
- Special seating in classes
- Housing and meal plan accommodations
Prospective and newly admitted students are encouraged to contact us to discuss their individual needs.
Procedure for Requesting Support Services and Accommodations
- Appropriate accommodations are provided on a case-by-case basis and will not necessarily incorporate all requested accommodations
- Students should contact CSAS to discuss their needs and complete the appropriate documentation (see the Forms/Policies page for the documents needed) to make a request for disability accommodations
- Students must provide appropriate documentation from a licensed professional to CSAS
- Some services or accommodations may require more advanced planning, so students are urged to contact CSAS at least three weeks before the start of classes
More detailed information including The University of Tulsa 504/ADA Accommodations Policy for Students with Disabilities should be obtained from CSAS in Zink Hall, Room 249.
Making a Disability Accommodation Request
To make a request for disability accommodations, at a minimum, students should submit the Application for Disability Services and have their health care provider fill out the Disability Verification Form and/or submit supporting documentation as stipulated in the appropriate policy (ADHD Guidelines or Learning Disability Guidelines). Students will then speak with a professional staff member at CSAS regarding their needs. Once the Eligibility Committee meets and makes a decision regarding accommodations, students meet with a professional staff member at CSAS to review their accommodations, discuss how to utilize them, and sign the Rights and Responsibilities form.
Utilizing Accommodations Each Semester
Every semester, students receive letters to give to their professors which will indicate that the student wants to use their approved accommodations. Additionally, for specific accommodations that require service providers or materials, students need to submit an Accommodation Request Form before every semester (the earlier the better) to make arrangements for those accommodations (e.g., such as interpreters, CAN/CART providers, alternative textbook formats).