The Counseling and Disabilities Office at TLU supports development and success of students by providing services in an atmosphere of respect and confidentiality. We are committed to providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations to eligible students. We value the diversity of our student body and the worth and dignity of each individual and collaborate with faculty and staff to increase the level of awareness of disabilities in the university community.
In accordance with the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Texas Lutheran University provides reasonable accommodations for students with physical/medical, learning disabilities and/or mental health diagnoses. A request for reasonable academic and housing accommodations should be initiated in the Disabilities Service Office, Meadows Center Suite, in the Alumni Student Center. It is the right and responsibility of the student to request accommodations with the ADA Coordinator and to provide professional documentation of the disability. Documentation requirements vary by disability and verification of disability forms are available online via the student portal under the Student Life tab. A student who requests disability accommodations will be scheduled for a meeting with the ADA Coordinator to discuss disability documentation and eligibility for accommodations.
Faculty, staff or student questions or concerns regarding accommodations should be directed to the ADA Coordinator.
Additional assistance may be available from the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), 312 S. Saunders Street, Seguin, Texas 78155.
For application, accommodations forms, and appeals procedures visit MyTLU (login required).
Applying for Accomodations
Once eligibility for accommodation is determined, a letter of accommodations with the ADA Coordinator’s signature, detailing the appropriate accommodations will be provided to the student. The student should meet with each instructor to discuss the reasonable and appropriate accommodations for each class. Accommodations are not retroactive and cannot be provided until a letter of accommodations has been signed by the student and the instructor. The letter must be returned to the Meadows Center. The student is responsible for initiating this procedure (letters of accommodations) each semester or summer session.
Students living on-campus that have a disability related need to modify their living environment must complete a TLU Housing Accommodation Request form and include supporting documentation. The ADA Coordinator will review and evaluate the request and work with Residence Life to determine appropriate and reasonable accommodations.
All buildings on campus have access ramps and some have elevators. A limited number of parking spaces for students with physical disabilities are reserved throughout the campus. Students with handicap tags must register their handicap tag number on the portal along with their vehicle information. The handicap tag must be clearly displayed with no visual obstruction to the registered number.
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