The Office of Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services (ODS), in collaboration with other university departments, is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to all registered disabled students in an effort to ensure their full participation in all activities, programs, and services at the university. ODS is dedicated to promoting the self-advocacy of students with disabilities, and is committed to their academic success utilizing a holistic approach. 

Thus, all colleges and universities have an obligation to provide access to students with disabilities in all institutional programs and activities. This obligation is articulated in:

The Office of Disability Services responsibilities include coordinating university-wide services for students with documented disabilities. These services include, but are not limited to:

  • Arranging for accommodations in classrooms and activities on campus.
  • Provide training/workshops for faculty and staff to better understand the various types of issues students may encounter due to their impairment(s).
  • Addressing any accessibility issues that arise for the students.
  • Ensuring the Testing Center is available for proctoring test when necessary.
  • Provide resources such as tutoring in select courses, studying and organizational skills, books in alternative formats, and provide assistive technology when necessary.

To register for services the student must:

  • Be admitted to Tennessee State University through the admissions office
  • Complete the Registration Form
  • Submit documentation from a licensed medical professional
  • Meet with the ODS staff for an intake interview
  • Student must provide their course schedule for each semester (ODS will notify instructors of your approved accommodations via email)

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Can I just tell my Instructor I need an accommodation?

All student accommodations, due to a disability, cannot be given without prior written approval from the Office of Disability Services. 

  • How do I request an accommodation?

You first must be admitted to Tennessee State University.  Once admitted, you will need to complete an ODS Intake Form and meet with the ODS personnel.  For more details, click the link to the right on "How do I request Accommodations?

Please see link below for additional questions regarding postsecondary requirements:

Disability Services

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The Office of Disability Services can help students and instructors address any questions or concerns  - Contact ODS

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), has an extensive guide on considerations and suggested classroom practices for teaching students with disabilities:

The United Spinal Association has a publication on Tips for Interacting with People with Disabilities - general etiquette guidelines :

Etiquette for working with students with disabilities:




How Do I Request Accommodations?

Register for Services (Download form)

Complete Registration Online

Faculty Information

Disability Services Manual

Contact The Office of Disability Services