When seeking admission to East Texas Baptist University, a student with a disability should be aware of admission standards. The standard admissions criteria also apply to students with disabilities who are interested in attending. Extended time ACT and SAT tests will be accepted. Disability will not enter into the admissions decision.
East Texas Baptist University has no specific programs for students with disabilities. The appropriate academic support, deemed reasonable and necessary by law, will be provided to students with documented disabilities that have been accepted according to the university's admissions criteria. The student must understand that academic standards at East Texas Baptist University are rigorous.
A student may be considered unqualified for admission to a program if his/her disability would require individualized supervision or the lowering of program requirements. No modifications will be made and no substitute courses will be accepted if they would fundamentally alter the nature of the educational program. A requirement that is essential to a degree will not be waived.
All financial aid including federal, state, or private grants; scholarships; and loans will be administered without discrimination to any student, regardless of disability, who is admitted to East Texas Baptist University. The amount of financial aid may be affected by the reduced course load of any student, including that reduction which learning disabled students may require.
Students enrolled in an institution of higher education are required to self-identify if they would like to request academic support services on the basis of a disability. East Texas Baptist University encourages a student with a disability to self-identify after admission and provide required documentation to the Assistant Provost in the Office of Academic Success and Graduate Services (Suite 301, Marshall Hall). Through self-identification and the utilization of appropriate academic services, it is assumed that academic progress must be made.
Students are required to provide documentation of a learning or physical disability, prior to the provision of academic support services or facility adjustments if they are requesting accommodation. In the case of a medical disability of mobility, sensory, health, or physical limitations, a complete medical report and formal diagnosis from a physician is necessary. The deadline for providing documentation is 60 days prior to the beginning of the initial semester, to allow time to provide reasonable accommodation and adequate coordination of services. A student who wishes to identify himself or herself as having a disability must provide documentation of the disability and to complete an Accommodation Request and Consent Form from an appropriate licensed and qualified health professional. The documentation should specify the diagnosis and any recommended accommodations. The documentation should be dated within the past three years unless the disability is of a permanent nature.
After appropriate documentation has been provided to the Office of Academic Success and Graduate Services, accommodation(s) will be determined on an individual basis dependent upon documented need for services and the university's assessment of the individual's need as related to his or her academic program. These services may include liaison with faculty members, promotion of self-advocacy skills, and securing appropriate classroom accommodations. Study skills counseling and some tutoring are also available.
At the student's request and upon receipt of a signed consent form, the appropriate faculty will be notified of recommended specific accommodation(s). The student will then meet with his or her instructors to discuss the accommodation(s). It is expected that students will update their requests for accommodation(s) each semester by completing and returning the update form in a timely manner.
Reasonable accommodation involves a level of shared responsibility, cooperation, and communication among faculty, staff, and students in order to ensure academic integrity and provide equal educational opportunities for students with disabilities. Students who receive academic auxiliary aids and services from the university, based on the university's assessment of the need related to the academic program, will be required to apply for state and/or federal funds for which they may be eligible and to reimburse the university for expenses incurred. Examples of those sources include but are not limited to the Texas Rehabilitation Commission, the Texas Commission for the Blind, or the Veterans Administration.