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In maintaining compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, the University ensures that equal opportunities are provided to persons with disabilities in all its facilities, programs, activities, and services. Day-to-day operational compliance assurance is monitored by an Executive ADA/Section 504 Oversight Committee that is appointed by the President of the University.

The Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs through the Vice President for Student Services reviews the issue of compliance annually with recommendations made for enhanced procedures aimed at maintaining strict ADA/Section 504 compliance.

Texas Southern University provides all educational and other university-sponsored programs and activities to persons with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate. Students with disabilities who matriculate at the University are not segregated, separated, or treated differently than other non-disabled students, nor are they required to take advantage of all adjustments, accommodations, and/or special services available to them.

In the event that a student with a disability feels that he/she is not being accommodated effectively by the University, he/she should contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Services immediately. Detailed information is available through this office on the resolution of complaints, including the use of a formal grievance procedure on file there if such a procedure is needed.

The Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) offers assistance for tuition and nonrefundable fees to students who have certain disabling conditions. Examples of such conditions are orthopedic impairments, mental health disorders, internal conditions (including epilepsy), hearing and speech impairment, and language/learning disabilities.

DARS Division for Blind Services (DBS) provides assistance for the visually impaired and the blind. A Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) must approve the student's vocational objective. Prospective students should apply for assistance at the nearest DARS location, preferably at least eight weeks prior to the registration period of the semester of desired enrollment. Other services are also available to assist the physically challenged student to become employable.

Contact the University Counseling Center for additional information at (713) 313-4210, or the DARS/DBS that is nearest you for eligibility requirements and information at (800) 628-5115 or TTY (866) 581-9328.


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