Current Students – If you need accommodations for current classes, email your request to email@example.com. Please include your availability and preference for a phone or video conference appointment.
New Students Entering Spring 2020 - If you have questions about Access Services and would like to set up accommodations, please submit the Disability Disclosure Form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a phone number so we can arrange an appointment.
ESA Policy UPDATE:
Jan Term Timeline for ESA Applications: To ensure adequate time to consider applications for an emotional support animal (ESA) prior to the holiday closure of campus offices, completed ESA applications are due by noon on Friday, December 18, 2020. Applications received after this date will be reviewed after January 8, 2021.
Spring Timeline for ESA Applications: For students requesting approval to bring an ESA to campus by the first day of the spring semester, completed ESA applications are due by noon on January 29, 2021.
Applications received after this date will be reviewed after February 5, 2021.
Please note that animals are not allowed on campus until approved by the committee reviewing your ESA application.
The college reserves the right to change ESA policies and procedures without notice to ensure best practices for safety relative to COVID-19 developments.
In response to COVID-19, we ask students to maintain appropriate social distancing for their ESAs, including asking others not to pet or hold their animal. Current evidence suggests that dogs and cats can become positive to COVID-19 or carry droplets on fur that can be transferred from person to person. Although the risk to animals appears to be low, we encourage ESA owners to protect themselves, their animals, and their campus community.
Current advice from the CDC and the American Veterinary Medical Association suggests that individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 limit contact with their own pets and whenever possible have others provide their care.
If an ESA owner becomes positive for COVID-19 and is quarantined on the Austin College campus, they will not be allowed to isolate with their animal and must arrange for the care of their animal off-campus.
Austin College is committed to making reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.
To arrange for accommodations, students must contact the Director of the Academic Skills Center at 903.813.2454 or come by the ASC in Suite 211 of the Wright Campus Center.
Students must provide recent (within three years) diagnostic documentation in order to demonstrate the current impact of the disability and to identify appropriate accommodations. However, depending on the nature of the disability, students may be required to present documentation from an evaluation conducted within the past year.
The evaluation report should be on letterhead, dated and signed, indicating the certification or licensure of the evaluator. The report should include a summary of the diagnostic interview, any tests administered with subtest and standard scores, a description of the nature and severity of the substantial limitation to learning (or other major life activity), specific diagnosis, description of the student's history, test behaviors, and score patterns that support the diagnosis, and recommended academic accommodations with a rationale to support them.
Registering for Accomodations
Each semester, students registered for disability services must bring their schedule to the Director of the Academic Skills Center and fill out the necessary accommodation request forms. The students are then responsible for delivering these forms directly to their instructors.
If you think you might need to request accommodations at any time while at Austin College, please complete the Disability Disclosure Form (pdf). The Director will contact you when the completed form is received.