2650 East End Blvd. South
Marshall, TX 75671
Texas State Technical College Marshall is committed to equality of educational opportunities for qualified students with disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The mission of the Office of Disabled Student Services is to provide and coordinate mandated support services, auxiliary aids, and accommodations for students with disabilities, which allow them to gain equal access to an education at TSTC.
Admissions at TSTC
Colleges are prohibited from making pre-admissions inquiries about a disability. College applicants with a disability are not required to self-identify in the admissions process. Applicants need to be reminded that admission to a particular program is dependent upon meeting academic standards and other requirements, regardless of disability status.
A student with a disability who has provided information in the admissions process concerning his or her condition should not assume that information will be forwarded to the Student Counselor. Students who wish to be considered for reasonable accommodations should contact the Student Counselor, at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester, or download and complete the form by clicking here before the 12th class day.
Consideration for Reasonable Accommodations
In order to receive consideration for reasonable accommodations under the ADA and the Federal Rehabilitation Acts, a student must have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities such as, but not limited to, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, performing manual tasks, walking, caring for one's self, and learning. "Substantially limiting" refers to an impairment that prevents an individual from performing a major life activity or significantly restricts the condition, manner, or duration under which the average person in the general population can perform that same major life activity. Documentation of a student's disability, therefore, should provide evidence of a substantial limitation to one or more major life activities. Students should request documentation guidelines from the Student Counselor by calling 903-923-3309.
Procedures for Requesting Consideration For Reasonable Accommodations
If you have concerns about the way faculty or staff has responded to your accommodation requests, please contact the Student Counselor. The Student Counselor can meet with you to work on an approach, and may engage all parties. For academic concerns not resolved after discussion with the Student Counselor, you can meet with the administrator the next level up. Students should follow the chain of command sequence, always attempting first to resolve an issue with the instructor:
The order is:
At any point in the process if the student wishes to file a formal discrimination complaint, he or she would contact the Office of The Learning Community. This office may choose to follow formal mediation procedures, allowing all parties involved to state their positions. Students may choose to use the Student Counselor as an advocate throughout this process.
Transition from High School to College
Students who received Special Education Services or who had a 504 plan in high school are sometimes surprised that the level of services provided at post-secondary institutions often departs remarkably from what they received in high school. Services at the post-secondary level are often described as "leveling the playing field" so the effect of a given student's disability is minimized to the extent possible. Students should understand that being provided with accommodations based on an assessed impairment at the secondary level does not necessarily mean that TSTC will concur with that assessment and/or provide the same accommodations. TSTC reserves the right to determine if a condition rises to the level of a disability under the ADA and to decide what constitutes reasonable accommodations according to the documented nature of the disability.