2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

Disabilities Policy and Procedures

Texas Christian University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 regarding students with disabilities. No otherwise qualified individual shall be denied access to or participation in the services, programs and activities of TCU solely on the basis of a disability. The University shall provide reasonable accommodations for each eligible student who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, a record or history of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment.

Each eligible student is responsible for presenting relevant, verifiable, professional documentation and/or assessment reports to the Coordinator of Student Disabilities Services. Information concerning a student's disability is treated in a confidential manner in accordance with University policies as well as applicable federal and state laws. Documentation presented to the coordinator shall be reviewed by the appropriate University professional(s) to verify the existence of a disability. Further documentation may be required from the student to substantiate the claim of a disability or to assist the University in determining appropriate accommodations.

To determine reasonable accommodations, the Coordinator and/or the designee will analyze the student's documentation, review the relevant regulations of the federal laws, and interview the student. Then, the Coordinator's and/or designee's summary and recommendations are submitted to the Student Disabilities Services Documentation Review Committee. Upon approval by the Student Disabilities Services Documentation Review Committee, accommodation letters are prepared by the Coordinator and/or designee. The student must schedule an appointment with each professor to deliver accommodation letters and to discuss specific implementation concerns. An interactive process is absolutely essential and relies on the student's initiative. This process also allows the faculty to meet the student and for concerns to be addressed. During the appointment, the faculty member will sign a Verification Receipt Form which the student will return to the Coordinator and/or designee, ensuring the interactive process continues.

The Coordinator, Student Disabilities Services, may be contacted in the Center for Academic Services, Sadler Hall Room 1010 or 817.257.6567.

Students who wish to appeal a decision regarding appropriate accommodations may do so in writing to the Chief Inclusion Officer/Title IX Coordinator, who shall decide the appeal. Contact information for the Chief Inclusion Officer/Title IX Coordinator is 817.257.4813 at TCU Box 297090, Fort Worth,TX 76129. The Chief Inclusion Officer/Title IX Coordinator's decision may be appealed within seven (7) calendar days in writing to the Provost, whose decision may be appealed in writing within seven (7) calendar days to the Chancellor. At any step during such an appeal, the person requesting the appeal may confidentially consult with appropriate professionals/advisers within or outside the University.