University of Houston-Victoria

Disability Services


Faculty responsibilities relating to students with disabilities:

  1. In order to standardize our message to all students about our services, be sure that all course syllabi include the following statement from UH System Policy – SAM 01.D.09: 

    Services for Students with Disabilities

    The University of Houston System complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, pertaining to the provision of reasonable academic adjustments/ auxiliary aids for students with a disability.  In accordance with Section 504 and ADA guidelines, the University of Houston-Victoria strives to provide reasonable academic adjustments / auxiliary aids to students who request and require them.  If you believe that you have a disability requiring academic adjustments/auxiliary aids, please contact the UHV Office of Disability Services; University Commons 2108A; 3006 N. Ben Wilson St.; Victoria, Texas 77901.  Office – (361)570-4287; Fax – (361)580-5504; Email -   DisabilityServices@uhv.edu;  Website -  Disability Services (www.uhv.edu/disability-services)

  2. On the first day of class each semester, make a general announcement about the availability of services for students with disabilities at UHV, and give them contact information for the Office of Disability Services.  Also, announce your willingness to reasonably assist students who have registered with the UHV Office of Disability Services.

  3. If a student approaches you and states that they have a disability and need accommodations, or offers to give you any type of documentation, please refer them to the Office of Disability Services - University Commons, 2108A, (361)570-4287, or by Email -  DisabilityServices@uhv.edu

  4. Please do not provide academic accommodations unless you have received an Accommodation Notification Letter from the Office of Disability Services.  Please contact the Disability Services Manager to inquire about the student's status.

  5. Accommodation Notification Letters will be sent to instructors and students by email through the AIM (Accommodation Information Management) System.  The accommodations are effective as of the date on the letter.  The letter is your notification that the accommodations listed have been approved by Disability Services and it is your responsibility to implement them.  Accommodations are not retroactive.

  6. Confidentiality of all disability information is essential. Be very careful not to single out or call attention in any way to students with disabilities while other students are present or during class.

  7. Be available to meet with identified students.  Although we cannot require it, students are strongly encouraged to schedule a time to meet with instructors each semester.  The particulars of each student’s needs should be discussed so that both of you understand the approved accommodations.  If it is not possible to meet face to face, then phone or email is acceptable.  Students are not required to disclose their disability to anyone but Disability Services.  Please do not ask the student why he/she needs a particular accommodation or auxiliary aid.  The instructor and student may not make changes to the accommodations.  You must contact the Disability Services Manager to discuss any proposed changes.

  8. Students may register with Disability Services at any time during a semester – there is no ‘deadline’.  Likewise, faculty cannot set a ‘deadline’ for accepting accommodation forms from students.

  9. Ensure that all classroom materials, videos, etc., are in accessible format.  This applies to all modes of course instruction.  For more information on accessibility standards, please refer to https://www.uhv.edu/title-ix/technology-accessibility/ or contact Disability Services.

  10. Hold all students to the same academic standards set by the university department or program.

  11. Regarding students who have testing accommodations: 

    Extended time accommodation applies only to timed quizzes and exams.  It does not apply to assignments.  Double time means double.  If regular time allowed for the exam is 30 minutes, the student with double time will have 60 minutes for the exam.  The extended time can be set for individual students in Blackboard.  If you need assistance with setting online course exam/quiz time extensions, please contact the instructional support staff in your college.

    For face to face instructional settings, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the UHV Testing Center to schedule all quizzes/exams for the semester.  The student should contact Julie Buchhorn Wardi, Manager, Testing Services; (361)570-4285, Jaguar Hall Rm 1129, to schedule all timed quizzes/exams.

  12. If you have any questions or concerns, need clarification about the implementation of an accommodation, or if you disagree with an accommodation, please contact the Disability Services Manager right away.