How to get academic accommodations this semester

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The beginning of a new semester can be a daunting task or refreshing start. The Center for Academic Services encourages students to plan ahead if they would like to receive academic accommodations for courses in the fall.

The process for receiving the proper academic accommodations can be simple if done as soon as possible.

The first step is to send or bring the most current testing records available to the Center for Academic Services department, located in Sadler Hall. This should be done as soon as possible. After the Academic Services has received the documents, they will be reviewed and the student will be assigned coordinator.

The student and coordinator will have an interview where they discuss what the student wants most out of their accommodations. The coordinator’s role is to take the student’s testing results and interview them. Here, the coordinator will take into consideration the testing and interview to make a list of the accommodations necessary for the student to do their best. At the end of this interview, it’s crucial to set up another meeting time during the first week of school to review the accommodations the coordinator makes.

First Week of Class

In this meeting, the student will either approve or make changes to the accommodations that the coordinator has given. If changes need to be made, the student and coordinator will need to set up another meeting where they approve the changes made. If the accommodations are approved by the student and coordinator at the end of the first meeting, the student moves to the next step.

The coordinator will give the student letters that must be signed by all professors the student will have that semester. Now, it is up to the student to speak to professors as quickly as possible. Professors often want to give the proper accommodations to students–it is important to arrange the accommodations before the first exam. This makes the testing process easier for the student and professor.

Second Week of Class

During the second week of class, students should return all signed accommodations letters back to their coordinator. The coordinator will then ask the student to sign an agreement for the next semester. This agreement simply says that by turning in the signed accommodations letters, the Academic Services department will have the accommodations letters for the next semester’s courses available on the first-day class to expedite the process. This process will continue throughout one’s time at TCU.

If students have any questions or concerns about how to receive their academic accommodations they can check out the Center for Academic Services website or call: (817) 257-6567.