SSD determines eligibility and approves reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities at the University of Texas at Austin. We also engage in outreach across campus in order to make campus a more inclusive, accessible and welcoming environment for people with disabilities.
SSD is part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and our office is located on the fourth floor of the Student Services Building. Take some time to browse through our website to find information on how to register with SSD, guidelines for documentation, and information about our accommodations and services . General resources for the UT community may be found on UT’s Disability Resource page.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to making your experience at the university more accessible!
It’s time to nominate faculty and staff for SSD’s End of the Semester Faculty/Staff Appreciation Awards!
Have you had a particularly great experience with a faculty or staff member this semester? If so, this is an excellent opportunity to show your appreciation.
Your anonymous nominations will result in SSD generating letters of thanks along with a desk clock that says, “In Appreciation Services for Students with Disabilities”. Feel free to nominate faculty and/or staff who you feel deserve this gift of appreciation.
Updated deadline: Tuesday December 16th at 5pm
Please send your nominations to email@example.com by 5 p.m. on Friday December 12th. Your nomination should include the individual’s full name, department and a few sentences explaining how he/she has impacted your semester at the University of Texas at Austin.
We know this is a busy time, but appreciate your efforts in making these nominations.
If you would like to see a list of nominees from past semesters visit our Clock Award page.
Friday December 5th is the last day of class but it is also the deadline to use the following options. These dates are University deadlines and cannot be altered. If you have questions about your situation or the options listed below please come to our office in SSB 4.206 between 9am-4pm during our Walk In hours to meet with a Coordinator who can review the options in more detail.
University Health Services (UHS) and the Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC) process medical withdrawals (MW) when significant medical or mental health problems affect a student’s ability to attend classes or perform academically. Although all applications and documentation are to be submitted to Services for Students with Disabilities we do not make the final determination for these requests. A completed application and supporting documentation must be submitted to the SSD office in SSB 4.206 by 5pm. The application and instructions are posted at the following link: http://ddce.utexas.edu/disability/course-load-reduction-and-medical-withdrawal/.
Course Load Reduction for Graduate Students
Graduate students need to submit completed course load reduction application and supporting documentation to the SSD office in SSB 4.206 by 5pm. The application and instructions are posted at the following link: http://ddce.utexas.edu/disability/course-load-reduction-and-medical-withdrawal/ . If a student is already registered with SSD and approved for a Course Load Reduction, no additional documentation is needed, although a completed application is still required.
One Time Exception Drop/Withdrawal
Undergraduate students who may not have urgent, substantiated, nonacademic reasons will be allowed to drop a single class or withdraw from the University after the deadline to drop or withdraw for academic reasons under the provisions of the One-Time-Exception (OTE). A student must request the OTE from the student’s dean’s office by the last class day. Forms must be returned to the student’s dean’s office before the first day of final exams. SSD does not play any part in the OTE process. More information is available at the following link: http://catalog.utexas.edu/general-information/academic-policies-and-procedures/adding-and-dropping-classes/dropping-a-class-rules-for-undergraduate-students/#one-time-exception
Undergraduate students who may need to drop a course for disability-related reasons must submit their completed application to the SSD office (SSB 4.206) by 5pm on November 4th. All students need to submit a completed CLR application and provide documentation that verifies they are seeking to drop a course for disability-related reasons. If a student is registered with SSD and has a CLR has an approved accommodation no additional documentation is needed.
The Course Load Reduction process allows a student to drop a course(s) for non-academic/disability-related reasons. SSD staff reviews the Course Load Reduction application and supporting documentation and, if supported, makes a recommendation for the Dean of the College/School to drop the course. SSD does not make the final determination about whether or not a course will be dropped. Dropped courses will be counted as non-academic Q-drops and will result in a Q on a student’s transcript.
Students with questions about the Course Load Reduction process should contact SSD during Walk In hours from 9am-4pm Monday-Friday.
Course Load Reduction Accommodation for students registered with SSD: The accommodation of course load reduction (CLR) is generally defined as maintaining full time status while being registered for fewer than twelve (12) hours for undergraduate students, and fewer than nine (9) for graduate students in a given semester. Students approved for CLR and registered with SSD will not be penalized by part-time status in policy and program areas under University control; however, auxiliary services (such as federal financial aid, personal insurance, non-University sponsored scholarships, etc.) may be affected.
Applications and more information are available on our website : http://ddce.utexas.edu/disability/course-load-reduction-and-medical-withdrawal/