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Access and Learning Accommodations

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Access and Learning Accommodations (ALA) 

The Texas State Technical College (TSTC) Access and Learning Accommodations office serves as a resource for students who may experience barriers due to a disability (long-term or short-term). 

Students seeking accommodations or services should make contact with the ALA office in a timely manner to self-report and begin the interactive process with an ALA staff person. Students may also be asked to provide supporting documentation from an individual qualified to diagnose the disclosed disability. 

ALA will then collaborate with college personnel to develop appropriate accommodations that ensure equal access to all programs, activities, and services at TSTC.

ALA also coordinates with community assistance programs and serves as the liaison for Texas Workforce Solutions.

To make contact with the ALA office, please email adarequest@tstc.edu or a representative from your campus. 

If you need to make a request for accommodations for a special event, please contact ALA at least one full week in advance.

Grievance Procedure for ADA/504-Related Complaints

In accordance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Texas State Technical College will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs or activities. Texas State Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all regulations promulgated by the U.S. Dept. of Education, the U.S. Dept. of Justice and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

TSTC makes reasonable and appropriate accommodations to meet the individual educational needs of students with disabilities thereby allowing them equal access to post secondary education.

Primary responsibility for ensuring compliance with the ADAAA rests with the college’s ADA/504 Coordinator.

The release of and access to all student-related educational records will be in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

TSTC students who believe that they have been denied equal access in the form of appropriate accommodations, modifications, auxiliary aids or effective communication, or have experienced discriminatory harassment as described in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, have a right to file a grievance. The TSTC procedure for the filing of student-related grievances alleging violations of the ADAAA and Section 504 is as follows:

  • The student will submit a written complaint to Access and Learning Accommodations (ALA)/Designee as soon as the complainant becomes aware of the alleged violation, but no later than 10 days after the alleged action occurred. The time for submitting a written complaint can be waived for good cause as determined by Access and Learning Accommodations (ALA)/Designee. The following should be included in the written complaint:
     
    • the name and address of the person filing it, 
    • a brief description of the alleged violation, and 
    • any documents supporting the complaint. 


Access and Learning Accommodations (ALA)/Designee will assist the student in the interactive process in an effort to clarify and resolve the issue. At times, Access and Learning Accommodations (ALA)/Designee may consult with the TSTC ADA/504 Coordinator, staff and/or other pertinent parties to assist in the resolution process.

 

  • Access and Learning Accommodations (ALA)/Designee will review the complaint and provide the student a response within 10 working days of receipt of the complaint. An extension of time can be made, not to exceed 15 working days, if the student is notified by Access and Learning Accommodations (ALA)/Designee.


  • If the student is not satisfied with the decision of Access and Learning Accommodations (ALA)/Designee, a written complaint may be submitted to the TSTC ADA/504 Coordinator within 10 working days of the decision provided in step one. The time for submitting a written complaint can be waived for good cause as determined by the TSTC ADA/504 Coordinator. The complaint must include the name and address of the person filing it and a description of the reason for the complaint. 


Upon receiving the complaint, the TSTC ADA/504 Coordinator will review it within 10 working days. An extension of time can be made, not to exceed 15 working days, if the student is notified by the TSTC ADA/504 Coordinator. At times, the TSTC ADA/504 Coordinator will consult with Access and Learning Accommodations (ALA) and/or the TSTC ADA/504 Compliance Committee to assist in the resolution process. The TSTC ADA/504 Coordinator’s decision will be final at the college level. If a complaint is not resolved at the college level, the student may choose to file a complaint with the Federal Office of Civil Rights. The Office of Civil Rights will receive complaints and investigate as deemed appropriate.


ADA/504 Coordinator

Chris Martin
Enterprise Risk Management - Director II
Governance, Risk & Compliance
26706 SW Freeway
Rosenberg TX 77471
346-239-3428

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Abilene, Breckenridge, Brownwood, & Sweetwater Campus
Support Services Office
300 Homer K. Taylor Drive
Sweetwater, TX 79556
325-236-8292

 

Fort Bend County Campus
Student Development Office
5333 FM 1640
Richmond, Texas 77469
832-223-0612

 

East Williamson County
East Williamson County Higher Education Center
in Hutto, Texas (EWCHEC-Hutto)
512-759-5907

Harlingen Campus
Student Services Bldg. EK, Room 216
1902 N. Loop 499
Harlingen, Texas 78550
956-364-4520
TTY: 956-364-4526

 

Marshall Campus
Access and Learning Accommodations
Michelle Atkinson
Administration Building
2650 East End Blvd. South
Marshall, Texas 75671
903-923-3231

North Texas Campus
119 N. Lowrance Rd.
Red Oak, Texas 75154
972-617-4724  



Waco Campus
Student Services Center
3801 Campus Drive
Waco, TX 76705
254-867-3600


Statewide Coordinator

Chris Martin
Enterprise Risk Management - Director II
Governance, Risk & Compliance
26706 SW Freeway
Rosenberg TX 77471
346-239-3428

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