Disability Accommodations for Students

The UNT Dallas College of Law (COL) provides accommodation to qualified students with disabilities in accordance with state and federal laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

 

Eligibility

Students are eligible for accommodation and/or auxiliary aids and services if they have a documented disability and the functional limitations of the disability require such accommodation and/or auxiliary aids and services.

  • Newly accepted and currently enrolled students are responsible for initiating a disability-related request for accommodation or auxiliary aids and services  prior to the time when the accommodation or auxiliary aids or service will be needed.
  • Prospective students may request reasonable accommodation (for testing, campus tours, or orientation) at any time during the application process by submitting an oral or written request the College of Law Assistant Dean of Student Affairs or the UNT Dallas Office of Disability Services using the Disability Accommodation Request Form found here: https://untdallas-accommodate.symplicity.com/public_accommodation/.
  • UNT Dallas College of Law students usually bring any initial questions to the UNT Dallas College of Law Office of Student Affairs by contacting Kevin Robinowich, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at kevin.robinowich@untdallas.edu Students may also reach out to the UNT Dallas Office of Disability Services on the Main Campus who will ultimately determine what accommodations are granted by contacting Cynthia "Cindy" Suarez at Cynthia.Suarez@UNTDallas.edu or call 972-338-1777. 

Request for Accommodation and/or Auxiliary Aids and Services

  • Students must submit a request for accommodation and/or auxiliary aids and services using the Disability Accommodation Request Form found here: https://untdallas-accommodate.symplicity.com/public_accommodation/. In addition, students must provide relevant and complete written documentation of a disability for which accommodation is requested, including:
  • A diagnostic statement from an appropriate professional identifying the disability, date of the current diagnostic evaluation, and the date of the original diagnosis.
  • A description of the current functional impact of the disability.
  • Treatments, medications, assistive devices, or services currently prescribed.
  • The relevant credentials of the diagnosing professional(s) such as medical specialty and professional licensure.

To access the application form, documentation guidelines, and forms for use by your treating physicians in reference to this process go to https://sa.untdallas.edu/disability-services.

Determination

A determination of whether accommodations or auxiliary aids or services are appropriate will follow after an individual assessment of a student's written documentation and a personal meeting with the student. Among the factors to be considered in determining appropriate accommodations or auxiliary aids and services are:

  • The nature of the student's disability.
  • Accommodations, auxiliary aids, or services that have worked for the student in the past.
  • Whether the requested accommodation, auxiliary aids, or services will allow the student to effectively access and participate in the course or academic program.
  • Whether the requested accommodation, auxiliary aids, or services will alter the essential requirements of the course or program.

The College of Law is not required to alter or modify a course or academic program to the extent that it changes the fundamental nature of that course or program. Decisions regarding accommodations or auxiliary aids and services may require consultation with College of Law faculty or administrators to consider the fundamental nature of a course or academic program.

Notification

The UNT Dallas Office of Disability Services will provide a student with written notice regarding the determination and any approved accommodations, or auxiliary aids and/or services.

It is important that all College of Law students recognize that accommodations determinations made by UNT Dallas do not guarantee that any particular accommodation will be granted or denied by other entities including but not limited to the board of law examiners of the state in which a student seeks a law license, other test administrators, or other educational institutions.

Accommodations or Auxiliary Aids and Services Requiring Cooperation of Faculty

Certain accommodations or use of auxiliary aids and services may require cooperation from a faculty member who teaches a class in which a student is enrolled.

  • As early as possible in a semester, a student who has been approved for accommodation or use of auxiliary aids and services should seek a confidential meeting with the faculty member to show the faculty member the written approval of the accommodation, aids, or services, and to make arrangements for implementation of the approved accommodation, auxiliary aid, or services. 
  • The faculty member may not disclose the student's disability to any other student or faculty member without the consent of the student. Faculty members may not deny an approved accommodation without consulting the Assistant Dean of Students to consider alternate means to accommodate a student's disability.

For more detail on Disability Accommodation, see UNT Dallas Policy 16.004 found here: https://president.untdallas.edu/sites/default/files/16.004_disability_accommodations_for_students_and_academic_units.pdf

Elevator Outage Policy for Students Unable to Use Stairs at College of Law

The University of North Texas at Dallas (UNTD) College of Law (COL) is committed to providing equal educational access for qualified students with disabilities in accordance with state and federal laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (as amended in 2008) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. To provide equality of educational access for students with disabilities, reasonable accommodations will be provided to the extent necessary to comply with federal and state law. This policy details the accommodations the COL at UNTD will make for students with disabilities who are unable to use the stairs in the event of an elevator outage.

For more detail on the Elevator Outage Policy for Students Unable to Use Stairs at the College of Law, see UNT Dallas Policy 11.007 found here: https://president.untdallas.edu/sites/default/files/11.007_elevator_outage_policy_for_students_unable_to_use_stairs_at_the_college_of_law.pdf .

For more detail on the Elevator Outage Policy for Students Unable to Use Stairs at the College of Law, see UNT Dallas Policy 11.007.