The Office of Disability Services

Accommodating Our Student Body


Message from the Director 

Please know that TSU and the Office of Disability Services remain committed to our mission and the high level of service we provide to you, our registered students.  We will continue to deliver our services virtually utilizing Zoom, Microsoft TEAMS, and face-to-face. We are committed to facilitating equal access and an inclusive environment for our students. ODS staff will operate virtually and face-to-face. Please schedule an appointment to meet with your Coordinator. 

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday 8:00a - 4:30p.  To schedule an appointment with your Coordinator, please send an email (preferred method), log into our Virtual Office, or give us a call



If you have an approved accommodation in place (Please remember you must request your academic accommodation each semester.), you will still receive them. Since classes were moved to an online delivery format, some accommodations may need to be modified; therefore, please let us know of any concerns or challenges you may experience.  If your instructor has any questions about your classroom and/or testing accommodations and how they may be implemented, please contact your Coordinator for additional information. In addition, we do understand that this new normal can be stressful; therefore, we encourage students that feel overwhelmed to contact TSU's Counseling Center. Visit the Counseling Center site for more information.

Tennessee State University will continue to monitor the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and is committed to using all resources to keep students, faculty, staff, and all visitors abreast of the latest information regarding academic delivery, campus operations, and the disease.  Read the latest communications and guidance from the University.

If you have any additional questions, you may contact the Director of Disability Services,
Dr. Anita McGaha at Contact Us, or via cell phone at 615-549-7750.

Please stay healthy and be safe. 

Our Mission

Mission: In collaboration with the university departments, the Office of Disability Services (ODS) is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to students with documented disabilities in order to promote equal access to the university’s programs, activities, and services. ODS staff advocates for and creates an accessible university environment for students with disabilities, supports faculty in the classroom, and provides assistive technology that empowers students to self-advocate and develops the skills necessary to succeed academically.

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 includes coordinating university-wide services for students with documented disabilities. These services include, but are not limited to:

  • Arranging accommodations in the 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 tests 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
  • The 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 accommodation?

No, all student accommodations must follow the Office of Disability Services process in order to obtain an approved accommodation memorandum. 

  • How do I request accommodations?

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

Please see the link below for additional questions regarding post-secondary requirements:



Learn More

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)

Documentation Requirements 

Faculty Information

Disability Services Manual

Contact Us

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