Disability Services

Please note: If you are a University of Dallas employee seeking workplace accommodations, please contact Human Resources at


Accommodations Request Form

To submit an online request for accommodations for the semester, click here: ADAAA Current Student Form.

Campus Resources

The University of Dallas offers the following services that are helpful to students receiving academic accommodations:

Academic Success Office

Braniff 116; 972-721-5385; 

Campus Ministry

2nd Floor, Haggar; 972-721-5080; 

Counseling Center

2nd Floor, Haggar; Doug Scott--214-998-1742;

                                 Vanessa Garcia 469.209.1696;

Health Services

2nd Floor, Haggar; 972-721-5322;

Information Technology Services

Gorman F & Gorman D;

Personal Career Development

111 Augustine; 972-721-4062;  


Documentation Guidelines

Documentation provided by the student is the indicator of the needs and background of the specific student.  Documentation must include a clear diagnostic statement that describes how the condition was diagnosed, information about the functional impact, and suggestions of appropriate accommodations provided by a licensed or properly credentialed professional. All documentation must be on official letterhead, typed, and signed by the professional.  Diagnosis written on prescription pads, handwritten, or stamped with signature will not be accepted. 

Guidelines for Specific Disabilities:

ADHD – Current diagnosis, as defined by DSM-IV, with additional testing results.  In the event of a diagnosis before the age of 14 and/or ninth grade, a letter from the current treating physician will suffice provided that it includes a statement of diagnosis and a current method of treatment. 

 Brain Injury – Diagnosis, summary of evaluation, and any neuropsychological testing results

 Developmental Disability – Diagnosis, functional limitations, cognitive testing, and appropriate evaluations.

 Learning Disability – Written evaluation including a cognitive evaluation, tests of achievement, discussion of the findings, and a diagnostic conclusion.  

 Hearing Impairment – Most recent audiology report and audiogram, a clear diagnosis, and functional limitations. 

 Medical Disability – Current diagnosis (within the last 6 months) and description of related functional limitations resulting from disabling condition

 Mobility Impairment – Diagnosis and description of related functional limitations resulting from the disabling condition

 Psychological Disability – DSM-IV diagnosis, summary of evaluation results and any other psychological and/or neurological testing results.

 Visual Impairment – Most recent visual examination results along with a detailed diagnosis and description of the disability

College vs. High School

If you received modifications in high school, you were covered under the IDEA (an educational act).  As a university student, you are covered under ADAAA (a civil rights act).  There are a few notable differences in the two laws.

- IDEA allows for modification of class material; ADAAA requires that the student fulfills the same assignment requirements as all other students

- IDEA focuses on assuring successful student learning; ADAAA is outcome neutral that ensures equal access but is not designed to guarantee student success

- IDEA allows the school to alter curriculum to meet the student's needs; ADAAA requires that eligible students have equal access to the same curriculum as other students. 

Reasonable Accommodations

Academic accommodations are offered based on the documentation and what can be considered "reasonable."  Reasonable accommodations can often include:

- Supplemental note-taking assistance

- Extended time on in-class assignments, quizzes, and exams

- Distraction-reduced testing environment

- Priority seating assignment

- Test reader

- Test scribe

- Written material placed into an accessible format

- Breaks during class

- Sign language interpreter

- Captioned/subtitled videos

- Allowance of assistive devices (laptop computer, tape recorder, etc.) in the classroom or on assignments and exams

Accommodations cease to be reasonable when they have an adverse effect on the integrity of the course. Examples of unreasonable accommodations include:

- Reduction of assignments

- Allowing a student to miss class

- Altering of course material

- Allowance of a student to turn in assignments late

- Altering of testing methods

- Providing options for students to not be penalized for spelling errors if this is an integral component of the course

Accommodations Request Form

To submit an online request to receive academic accommodations, click here: ADAAA Prospective Student Form.

Please make sure to submit your documentation to Dr. Sherry Dellinger, Ed.D. (972-721-4045) via email (, or in person (2nd floor Haggar).