UT Arlington is committed to helping students reach their goals and achieve success. That's why the Office for Students with Disabilities created a Faculty/Staff guide in order to provide answers to those most commonly asked questions.
Faculty and Staff Guide
The University of Texas at Arlington is well known for its leadership in program accessibility for students with disabilities. As a result, UT Arlington has one of the largest populations of such students in the region. Currently, according to the 2000 U.S. Census, one in five people have some type of disability; 21.2 million people have a condition limiting basic physical activity; 9.3 million people have a sensory disability involving sight or hearing and 12.4 million people have a mental or emotional condition causing difficulty in learning, remembering or concentrating. To meet the many challenges generated by this unique population, UT Arlington has developed a support service program through the Office for Students with Disabilities.
The University of Texas at Arlington is on record as being committed to both the spirit and letter of federal equal opportunity legislation; reference Public Law 93-112 - The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. With the passage of new federal legislation entitled the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), pursuant to section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, there is renewed focus on providing this population with the same opportunities enjoyed by all citizens in the United States.
You, as a faculty or staff member, are required by law to provide "reasonable accommodations" for equal access to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of that disability. Student responsibility primarily rests with informing faculty of their need for accommodation and in providing authorized documentation through designated administrative channels. Each faculty member is encouraged to become familiar with relevant federal legislation regarding the rights of students with disabilities.
Accommodation Taglines for University Publications/Syllabus
To help ensure accessibility in all programs, courses and events at The University of Texas at Arlington, the following taglines have been adopted for placement on all University publications, program announcements, brochures, flyers and syllabi.
The "Host Department" is defined as the individual UT Arlington department(s) sponsoring an event, NOT the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD). The person's primary contact should be with the host department. The host department may certainly request consultation with the OSD for any disability related issues or accommodations. Please contact our office if you have any questions about accommodation requests at your events.
For more information on how to set up an accessible event, please refer to these event tips and guidelines (PDF).
Publications shall include the following statement or its equivalent:
This document is available in alternative formats upon request by contacting (name, host department) at (phone number).
If a text telephone (TDD) number is available, it should also be included.
Registration materials and program announcements, which include bulletins, flyers, brochures, letters, public service announcements, or other materials used to inform the public of the event or program must also include the following statement:
If you need an accommodation to fully participate in this program/event, please contact (name, host department) at (phone number/voice). Please allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.
If a text telephone (TDD) number is available, it should also be included. NOTE: A program may designate a date by which it would like to receive accommodation requests. However, a program may not refuse to provide an accommodation because the request was not made by the designated deadline. The program must try to provide the accommodation.
If an event includes a meal, the registration materials should include the following statement:
If you have special dietary needs, please contact (name, host department) at (phone number/voice).
If a text telephone (TDD) number is available, it should also be included. In lieu of the phone number, a section may be created on the registration form that allows an individual to designate special dietary needs.
A syllabus for a course shall include the following statement:
The University of Texas at Arlington is on record as being committed to both the spirit and letter of all federal equal opportunity legislation, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). All instructors at UT Arlington are required by law to provide "reasonable accommodations" to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of that disability. Any student requiring an accommodation for this course must provide the instructor with official documentation in the form of a letter certified by the staff in the Office for Students with Disabilities, University Hall 102. Only those students who have officially documented a need for an accommodation will have their request honored. Information regarding diagnostic criteria and policies for obtaining disability-based academic accommodations can be found at www.uta.edu/disability or by calling the Office for Students with Disabilities at (817) 272-3364.