Services

Students with supporting documentation of their disability may qualify for a variety of services from the SAS office. These services include, but are not limited to:

  • Access and Liaison Activities

    Each student who submits documentation to SAS is assigned to a staff member (e.g. Counseling Specialist or Assistant Director) who will meet with the student to review documentation and discuss accommodations. SAS professional staff are available to advise students with any disability-related concerns. SAS may refer students to additional resources on campus or in the community, as well as advise students on how to effectively apply their accommodations in the classroom and to engage in self-advocacy. Student Accessibility Services serves as a liaison between students, faculty, and staff in order to promote positive and effective communication on disability issues. SAS serves as a campus resource on Section 504 and the ADAAA and works to ensure that eligible students registered with SAS receive appropriate accommodations. SAS advocates for students with disabilities and also recognizes the need for all students to meet UTRGV’s academic standards.

  • Assistive Technology (AT)

    Students are expected to acquire their own personal AT devices. However, some equipment, if in stock, may be checked out by eligible students on a first-come, first serve basis each semester. Students checking out equipment from SAS will be required to sign an Equipment Check Out form each semester. Equipment must be returned at the end of each semester or a student can check out the equipment again, for the following semester. Assistive technology equipment not returned at the end of the semester will result in a hold being placed on the student’s academic record. Students may be charged for lost or broken items.

  • Volunteer Note-Taking Services

    Volunteer note takers play an important role in helping students registered with UTRGV Student Accessibility Services (SAS). Students eligible for receiving volunteer note taking services typically have disabilities which impact their ability to hear, write, concentrate, process auditory information, and identify the important information within a lecture. A volunteer note taker who takes quality notes ensures that students with disabilities have equal access to lecture material. Note taking assistance may include a volunteer note taker, or in select cases, a note-taker assigned by SAS.

    Identifying a volunteer note taker

    A volunteer note taker can be any student enrolled in the same class who wishes to volunteer to provide this service. For students registered with SAS and approved for a volunteer note taker as an accommodation, an email will be generated through mySAS to each course instructor.  This email will only be generated if the student has logged in to mySAS and selected “volunteer note taker” as an accommodation for his/her course(s).  The email will provide directions for the instructor to make a class announcement regarding volunteers or to send an email to all class members.  The SAS student should not be identified in any way during the class announcement or email communication.

    If you are absent:

    Having a volunteer note taker does not take the place of attending class. Volunteer note takers are not required to provide notes for extended absences or frequent absences. Please contact SAS for additional consultation.

    If your volunteer note taker is absent:

    If your note taker is not attending class or providing notes, please contact SAS as soon as possible so that we can speak to your instructor in order to identify a new volunteer note taker in your class.

    Providing feedback:

    If you find that your notes are not adequate, please contact SAS as soon as possible. We may be able to speak to your note taker and provide some feedback to him/her regarding the quality of the notes. In addition, it may be necessary to request a new volunteer note taker or discuss other accommodations.

    Volunteer Note Takers

    At the end of each semester, a letter of recommendation can be provided to students who served as volunteer note takers. The note taker must email ability@utrgv.edu to request a letter of recommendation from SAS. Recommendation letters will not be provided automatically.

    Volunteer note takers should:

    • Upload class notes to mySAS . Volunteer note takers should first create a profile in mySAS via this link: utrgv.edu/mySAS
    • Attend class regularly and be willing to find a substitute should you drop the class or not attend during any class period.
    If the instructor allows a laptop in the classroom, typed notes are preferred. Otherwise, please write notes in a legible manner.

    Guidelines for notetaking:

      • Include class title, course number and section number at the top of your notes along with the date of the class notes.
      • Include information from PowerPoints and indicate that the information is from the PowerPoint.
      • Include any assignments given, upcoming exams mentioned, or any other pertinent information discussed during class.
      • Include notes from videos or other media.
      • Use black or blue pen for hand written notes.

     

  • Reader/Scribe Services

    Most students who need material read to them, such as for exams, will be provided with an electronic version of the test. However, reader services can be provided in those circumstances when an electronic version is unavailable. Scribe services are provided by SAS for students in need of assistance with writing during testing.

  • Interpreting Services

    Students who are Deaf are provided with sign-language interpreters for all academic settings directly related to class (i.e., class time, class assignments, and instructor generated review sessions), as well as campus events. Students who are Hard of Hearing may also be eligible for sign-language interpreter services. Please contact SAS to schedule an appointment to discuss this accommodation.

    Professional & Ethical Behavior of Interpreters

    The interpreter's role at UTRGV is to facilitate communication between the Deaf and Hard of Hearing student and the hearing persons in his/her educational environment. Interpreters should follow the Principles for Interpreter Behavior as outlined in the Board of Evaluators for Interpreters Handbook and the RID Code of Professional Conduct.

    The interpreter may have to educate the student on the proper use of interpreters since some students may not have used interpreter services in the past. Interpreters should keep in mind that independence is the final goal for the student and should help to promote independence at every opportunity.

    Requesting an Interpreter

    To request an interpreter, the student needs to complete an Interpreter Request Student Form at least 48 hours prior to the event. Please be sure to include:

      • Name and UTRGV email (if available)
      • Exact location and date of event
      • Beginning and ending time of event
      • Name of contact person and phone number where they can be reached.
    Student Requests for Interpreter Replacement

    Students may request that an interpreter be replaced for the following reasons:

      • skill,
      • communication preference (mismatch),
      • personal reasons.

    Student has a concern with an interpreter, the following steps should be taken:

      1. First, student should first give the interpreter an opportunity to resolve the problem or improve the situation. Open and direct communication between the interpreter and the student helps resolve most situations. Given the opportunity, most interpreters are willing to accommodate reasonable requests.
      2. If the problem persists, the student should contact Maria Cabanillas at (956) 665-7005 or maria.cabanillas01@utrgv.edu.
      3. If you believe the situation is unresolved, contact the Director of SAS, Tonya Paulette, at (956) 665-7005 or tonya.paulette01@utrgv.edu.
      4. If the problem persists after contacting the Director of SAS, you have the option to report it to Student Rights and Responsibilities.
    Interpreter Evaluations

    At the end of the semester, evaluation forms will be sent to interpreters, students, and faculty. Students may also complete an evaluation in the middle of the semester to provide useful feedback for the interpreter.

    Interpreter No-Shows

    If a student is in a class in which the interpreter has not shown up, s/he should wait ten minutes, then contact the interpreter coordinator. A substitute will be sent if one is available. All interpreter no-shows will be documented and appropriate follow-up will be taken .

    Student No-Shows

    If a student does not show up, the interpreter should wait the appropriate time for the student to show up to class. Interpreters are encouraged to use their own judgment on the least disruptive place to wait for students. In case the student will be absent or late, s/he should contact the Interpreter Coordinator as soon as possible. If the student misses two (2) consecutive classes during the semester without notifying SAS, interpreting services will be suspended. To reinstate services, the student must meet with a SAS staff member. The student SHOULD NOT contact the interpreter assigned to his/her class through social media platforms (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to inform them.

    Student Tardiness

    If the student receiving services will be arriving late for class, s/he should contact SAS at (956) 665-7005 or ability@utrgv.edu. If SAS is not contacted, the interpreter(s) will leave your classroom. The interpreter(s) should wait for 15 minutes for a class lasting less than 75 minutes and 30 minutes for a class longer than 75 minutes.

    If no contact is made with SAS and the student does not show-up within the specified times, the interpreter(s) may be reassigned.

    Planned Absences

    If the student has an appointment or meeting and will miss class, s/he should advise the Interpreter Coordinator as soon as possible about the planned absence. If leaving a message, please make sure to provide the following information:

    Full name
    Class name
    Class time
    Date of absence

    Counsel or Advise

    Interpreters should not counsel or advise the student during or after the assignment. For example, dropping a course is an important decision that may affect a student’s academic standing status and the student should not turn to the interpreter for guidance. Dropping a course is a decision the student should make after consulting with the course instructor and/or an advisor. 

  • CART Services (Communication Access Real-Time)

    The CART provider’s role is to facilitate communication between the Deaf and Hard of Hearing student and the hearing persons in his/her educational environment.

    The provider may have to educate the student on the proper use of CART services since some students may not have used such services in the past. Providers should keep in mind that independence is the final goal for the student and should help to promote independence at every opportunity.

    Requesting CART services
    To request CART services, the student needs to complete an Interpreter/CART Request Form found at https://www.utrgv.edu/accessibility/forms/interpreter-request-staff-faculty/index.htm at least 48 hours prior to the event and specify the need for CART in the “Additional Information” box on the Interpreter Request form.
    Please be sure to include:
    • Name
    • Exact location and date of event
    • Beginning and ending time of event
    • Name of contact person and phone number where they can be reached
    Request for Replacement

    Students may request that a CART provider be replaced for the following reasons:

      • skill
      • communication preference (mismatch)
      • personal reasons

    Request will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

    Student has a concern with a CART provider, the following steps should be taken:

      1. First, student should first give the CART writer an opportunity to resolve the problem or improve the situation. Open and direct communication between the CART writer and the student helps resolve most situations. Given the opportunity, most CART writers are willing to accommodate reasonable requests.
      2. If the problem persists, the student should contact Maria Cabanillas at (956) 665-7005 or maria.cabanillas01@utrgv.edu.
      3. If you believe the situation is unresolved, contact the Director of SAS, Tonya Paulette, at (956) 665-7005 or tonya.paulette01@utrgv.edu .
    CART Provider No-Shows

    If a student is in a class in which the provider has not shown up or connected, s/he should wait ten minutes, then contact the interpreter coordinator. A substitute will be contacted if one is available. All CART provider no-shows will be documented and appropriate follow-up will be taken by SAS staff.

    Student No-Shows

    If a student does not show up, the provider should wait the appropriate time for the student to show up to class. In case the student will be absent or late, s/he should contact the Interpreter Coordinator as soon as possible. If the student misses two (2) consecutive classes during the semester without notifying SAS, CART services will be suspended. To reinstate services, the student must meet with a SAS staff member. The student SHOULD NOT contact the CART provider assigned to his/her class through social media platforms (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to inform them.

    Student Tardiness

    If the student receiving services will be arriving late for class, s/he should contact SAS at (956) 665-7005 or ability@utrgv.edu. The CART provider should wait for 15 minutes for a class lasting less than 75 minutes and 30 minutes for a class longer than 75 minutes.

    If no contact is made with SAS and the student does not show-up within the specified times, the CART writer may be reassigned.

    Planned Absences

    If the student has an appointment or meeting and will miss class, s/he should advise the Interpreter Coordinator as soon as possible about the planned absence. If leaving a message, please make sure to provide the following information:

    Full name
    Class name
    Class time
    Date of absence

    Counsel or Advise

    CART writers should not counsel or advise the student during or after the assignment. For example, dropping a course is an important decision that may affect a student’s academic standing status and the student should not turn to the CART writer for guidance. Dropping a course is a decision the student should make after consulting with the course instructor and/or an advisor. Thus, to insert their own opinion is clearly a violation of the Code of Professional Conduct.

  • Alternate Format

    Student registered with SAS may be eligible to receive alternate formats, as stated in the student’s accommodation letter, for textbook(s) and other course materials. If a student requests an alternate format other than that noted in the student’s letter, additional documentation may be required to support the new request. All materials will be processed in the order in which they are received, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students are responsible for complying with all alternate format procedures.

    Common alternate formats include enlarged texts, recorded texts, electronic texts or brailed course materials. SAS works with each student to provide an appropriate format. Textbook/print conversion is a time intensive process, especially for technical subject matter, and can require several weeks or even months to complete. Once the student has notified SAS of his/her enrollment in a course, SAS may ask the instructor for information about course materials in order to secure them in a timely manner. SAS offers resources necessary for students to convert their own materials.

    Depending on student needs and eligibility, SAS can make printed material available in the following formats:

    • E-text (electronic text)
      • Textbooks will be requested from the publisher and class material(s) will be scanned and provided to the student, depending on the size of the document, as follows:
        • E-File will be uploaded to One Drive with UTRGV student access (access will be provided via UTRGV e-mail to the student). NOTE: One Drive access will be removed 2 weeks after the enrolled semester ends.
        • Student may pick-up a copy of the E-text at the SAS office on a USB, or equivalent, provided by the student.
        • Other methods may be available at the request of the student (e.g. copy on CD or DVD, SD card, or other media to be provided by student).
    • Audio
      • Available audio books will be requested. If the textbook is not available in audio format e-text will be converted to MP3 files using text to audio software or online resources for alternate format. Content will be shared via a USB, flash drive, or equivalent, provided by the student. All files will be uploaded to One Drive for student access to the material during the semester in which they are enrolled.
    • Enlarged Print
      • Electronic text will be converted to enlarged print. Class material(s) may be enlarged to the font size required by the student upon request. Student must be aware that the page numbers may not correspond to those in the textbook once material has been enlarged. It may not have the same structure.
    • Braille
      • Students may e-mail an attachment of the document, or drop off hard copies that will be scanned and transcribed into Braille.

    Students registered with SAS can request alternate format during the semester/module they are enrolled. It is the student's responsibility to follow these procedures to ensure materials are converted in a timely manner.

    • Four to six weeks prior to the first class day, the student will complete an Alternate Format Request form at SAS or online: Alternate Format Request
    • Student will provide a course syllabus to SAS in person or via email to ability@utrgv.edu upon submission of the Alternate Format Request form. Failure to provide a syllabus may result in materials not being converted in the order in which they are required for a course.
    • The student will provide all requested materials, including textbooks, textbook receipts, course packets, course syllabi, and any other required course materials.

    Requests for alternate format will be filled in the order in which they are received by SAS. When possible, SAS will first submit a request to the publisher for an accessible copy of the book. If the book is not available from the publisher, SAS will request publisher approval for reproduction of the content and the student will be required to submit a copy of the book.

    The time required to produce alternate format will depend on the date of request, format of the book, and the format being requested from publishers. Students should check their UTRGV email for notices of when materials are to be picked up at SAS.

    SAS will make every effort to give students their preferred format, although we cannot guarantee that the preferred format will be available. SAS decisions about which format to produce depend on many factors, including the date the material is presented to the office, the quality of the printed material, the volume of requested materials and the requested due date. SAS will convert the material and return it to the student as soon as possible.

    Student Accessibility Services, in providing accessible materials, cannot produce copies of any material that is copyrighted without permission. Copyrighted material may not be copied and/or reprinted in any form without prior written consent from the copyright holder

    In order to complete the high-speed scanning process, books and course materials will be taken apart and scanned, previewed/edited and converted. Depending on the quality of print in the book, the preview/edit time will differ. Since the books are taken apart, there is virtually no resale value. SAS will re-bind the books upon request. The student has the option to provide SAS with quality photocopies of their assignments instead of having bindings removed from textbooks. The student may not revise, convert, disassemble, modify, sell, license, rent, loan or otherwise share the alternate format with any other person.

  • Testing  Accommodations

    Students who are registered with SAS and are approved for accommodations on tests must comply with the following procedures.

    The term, “test,” refers to all course assessments including quizzes and exams.

    Students should provide their accommodation letter to instructors before requesting to test at SAS. Tests reservations should be made at least one full week (five 5 business days) before exam date. In order for SAS to acquire the tests in a timely manner and to ensure adequate space to proctor the test.

    Students must complete an Alternative Testing Agreement online or at the SAS office for each “test” using the mySAS portal: https://utrgv.edu/mysas

    • SAS will automatically email the Alternative Testing Agreement Link to the Instructor(s).
    • If alternate format is needed, the student should note this on the “Services Requested (As Applicable)” box.
    • It is the student’s responsibility to remind the instructor that he/she is taking a test at SAS.
    • The student may not adjust the time or date of the test without prior written approval from the instructor.
    • SAS office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
      • If a test is scheduled beyond these hours, SAS will coordinate an alternate test time with the student and instructor when possible.
      • SAS office hours will be extended during midterms and final exams.

    Students are required to test at the campus where the course is located. In other words, if the course is located in Edinburg, the student will test at Edinburg SAS and not Brownsville SAS (and vice versa).

    • A student requesting to test at a different campus (Brownsville SAS) from where their course is located (Edinburg SAS) must provide SAS with written approval from instructor prior to testing date.

    Test Requests for Online Courses:

    Students should submit their request 2 weeks prior to the test date by submitting both of the following forms:

    SAS: Alternative Testing Agreement

    COLTT: Center for Online Learning and Teaching Technology: Exam Proctoring Request

    For example:

    An online test is scheduled for September 15th but the test window (i.e. how long the test is “open”) is September 15 -25th. Student should submit a test request form no later than September 1st.
    Students who are instructed to make arrangements for online tests with COLTT must follow COLTT test proctoring policy, guidelines, and responsibilities. Please see the following: https://www.utrgv.edu/online/_files/documents/proctoring/test_proctoring_policy.pdf

    Test Requests for Campus-based Courses:

    Students must submit an Alternative Testing form at least one full week (five 5 business days) before test date. The Alternative Testing form can be completed at the SAS office or mySAS portal link: https://utrgv.edu/mysas 

    Test Day

    On the day of the scheduled test, the student should arrive at SAS prepared and ready to begin the test at the scheduled time.

    • Test time will not be adjusted if student does not arrive at the scheduled time of the test.
      • Example: Test is scheduled 2:00pm – 4:30 pm, SAS student arrives late at 2:20 pm, test end time will remain 4:30.
      • If a student arrives 20 minutes or more after their scheduled exam time, the student will have the option to complete the “test” within the time originally agreed upon or contact the instructor and ask for the “test” to be rescheduled at the instructor’s discretion.
    • Test are required to be submitted to the proctor, once the student has been notified the test time has concluded. The course instructor will be notified, and the incident documented if failure to submit the test to the proctor at the instructed time occurs.
    • Once a student arrives at SAS, he/she is not allowed to use scheduled test time to study, review notes, etc.

    If an instructor does not submit proctoring instructions, a student will not be allowed to take any items into the testing room. Items not allowed during a test may include:

    • Books, notes, formula sheets, or any paper not previously approved by the instructor or SAS staff
    • Any electronic devices such as cell phones, iPods/iPads, flash drives, Google glasses, and smart watches or fit watches
    • Calculators
    • Backpack/Bags/Purses
    • Hats/Caps/Visors
    • Drink bottles with labels (food or drink will be allowed only if it is an approved accommodation)
    • Any other items not previously approved by the instructor or SAS staff

    If a student insists on using items not preapproved, they will not be allowed to take the “test”. The student has the option to take the scheduled “test” per proctoring instructions, or the student can make an attempt to contact the course instructor to allow additional items. If communication is not received, the student may contact their course instructor to reschedule the “test’.  It will be the instructor’s discretion to reschedule any test.


    It is the student’s responsibility to come prepared for the exam with the required testing materials which may include pencils, erasers, pens, calculator, Scantron and/or Bluebook. All calculators (including graphing calculators) with memory must be erased prior to beginning each test.

    Missed Test Deadline

    • If a student submits a Test Request form after the deadline described above, it is the students responsibility to contact the instructor via email and carbon copy sastesting@utrgv.edu.
    • If the instructor approves the late test request, SAS will communicate with the instructor to obtain the test at the scheduled test time.
    • If SAS is not able to contact the instructor or the instructor does not approve the late test request, the student may need to take the test in the classroom. In such cases, the student may or may not receive all testing accommodations due to the late test request.
    • If a student requests to reschedule an exam for a different date or time due to the missed test request deadline SAS office will need prior written approval from the instructor.

    Test Procedures for Instructors

    SAS will send an Alternative Testing Agreement Link to the Instructor after it is received from the student. The instructor should complete the form and provide specific proctoring instructions for SAS staff. If the instructor does not submit any proctoring instructions the student will not be allowed to take any items into the testing room.

    When providing SAS with a digital copy of the test, instructors can attach exam files within the Alternative Testing Agreement form. The Instructor may also email and or reply to the original “Test Request” email sent from SAStesting@utrgv.edu. Alternately, instructors may make arrangements for SAS staff to pick up the test at their office or department.

    Note: Arrangements for test pick-up times need to be made at least 24 hours in advance of the scheduled test time.

    • If an instructor does not provide a test by the scheduled test time, SAS staff will make every effort to acquire the test. If the test is not obtained from the instructor at the scheduled test time, SAS will communicate with the instructor and student in order to reschedule.

    Tests in Alternate Format

    For alternate format of tests (audio, braille, enlargement, etc.), instructors need to provide the exam at least 48 hours in advance to SAS staff since the alternative format conversion process can be time consuming. When possible, electronic versions (PDF, Word, etc.) are preferred over hard copies. If exams are not sent in a timely manner to convert into the designated format needed for the registered SAS student, alternate testing arrangements will be made in collaboration with the instructor and student.

    Returning completed tests to instructors
    • All hard copies of tests will be returned to the instructor by SAS staff in a sealed security bag or, at the request of the instructor, the test may be scanned, emailed, and then shredded by SAS staff.
      • Test will be scanned and emailed to SAStesting@utrgv.eduand then forwarded to the instructor.
      • If the instructor wishes to also have a physical copy of the test delivered on-campus, SAS staff may deliver it within 1 business day.

    If an instructor requests for the test to be returned to the academic department, the test is delivered to the requested location and/or UTRGV staff or faculty. If instructions for delivery are not received the exam will be delivered to the instructor’s department. The Test Request form is signed and dated by the person receiving the test. The test then becomes the responsibility of the staff or faculty who signs the form, who will then ensure the test is given to the instructor.

    On occasion, an instructor may authorize a student to test on a campus other than where the course is located. In such cases, the instructor provides the exam to SAS according to departmental procedures. Once the student has completed testing at SAS, the test is scanned to the SAS testing email and a copy is forwarded to the instructor. The scanned exam remains in the SAS testing email inbox until acknowledgement of delivery to the campus and department (designated by the instructor) is confirmed by SAS staff. In the event the instructor does not approve electronic transmission of the test, it will be delivered to the other campus depending on the availability of SAS staff traveling between campuses.

  • Reader/Scribe for Testing

    If a student arrives more than 15 minutes after the scheduled test start time, a reader/scribe may not be available. In such instances, SAS staff will contact the professor to inform of your late arrival for the exam and to discuss possible arrangements for the exam. The decision to reschedule a test is at the professor’s discretion.

    Table: Reader/Scribe Definition
    Type Definition
    Reader A reader is assigned by SAS to read the questions for exams and quizzes to a student who is unable to read the material independently. Most students will be provided with an electronic version of the test. However, a reader can be provided by SAS in those circumstances where an electronic version is unavailable or would be ineffective.
    Scribe

    A scribe is provided by SAS for students in need of assistance with writing responses on exams and quizzes. Typically, the need for a scribe is due to a physical condition that limits the student’s ability to independently write or use a computer keyboard to record exam responses.

    • The scribe will only write what the student dictates and is not responsible for general spelling, sentence ending punctuation or correct calculations or the review of such. The student should instruct the scribe regarding these mechanics.
    • Scribes are not responsible for organizing or paraphrasing student’s comments into a final format. If needed, a scribe will key in information to a calculator as the student verbally directs. A scribe will not make corrections to formulas or equations or otherwise indicate any noticeable errors to the student.
    • Scribes cannot answer student questions regarding items on exam or quizzes. They can write down any student questions and inform the SAS Testing Specialist (or other SAS staff) who will then attempt to reach out to the instructor for clarification. If the professor is not available during the testing period, the student’s comments will be submitted on the test itself and referenced on the SAS test request form (which is provided to the professor following testing).

    It is the student’s responsibility to notify SAS staff of any problems with testing accommodations at the time the problem occurs. For example, if the student has difficulty understanding or communicating with the reader/scribe, the student should notify SAS staff immediately.

    A reader or scribe cannot be a tutor, volunteer note-taker, another student in the course, a relative, or other person who might potentially impact the test results.

  • Policy on Academic or Scholastic Dishonesty

    All students testing at SAS are monitored via video and audio. The SAS Testing Center follows all standards of conduct expected of students enrolled at the University, including scholastic dishonesty and the Vaquero Honor Code, which are specified by the Student Conduct Code. ( https://www.utrgv.edu/hop/policies/stu-02-100.pdf)

    Suspected dishonesty during testing at the SAS Testing center will result in the videotape, screen shot or other evidence being submitted to the instructor. The incident will also be reported to Student Rights and Responsibilities. The instructor will determine whether the student is/is not engaging in dishonest behavior during testing and will proceed accordingly.

    Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to: cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts. Please refer to the Student Conduct Code for additional information.

    Failure to comply with the Student Conduct Code may result in the student being referred to the Student Rights and Responsibilities office.

  • School of Medicine (SOM) Testing

    SOM students who are eligible for accommodated testing will take tests at the SOM. Accommodation letters are provided by SAS to the SOM Assistant Dean for Assessment, Evaluation, and Quality Improvement, who oversees and coordinates SOM accommodated testing. Accommodation letters are also provided by SAS to the SOM Associate Dean for Student Affairs. SOM students should communicate in a timely manner with the SOM Assistant Dean for Assessment, Evaluation, and Quality Improvement regarding their testing accommodations. Any questions regarding accommodated testing may also be directed to SAStesting@utrgv.edu.

  • Additional Support Services

    Newly registered SAS students have the opportunity to participate in a Welcome Meeting after their accommodations have been approved through DRC. The Welcome Meeting will be facilitated by an SAS team member, who will provide the student with detailed information about SAS. The Welcome Meeting is designed to familiarize the student with the department and its processes. The student will be introduced SAS staff and be provided with a review of the SAS website. The meeting will also include the review of any forms related to the approved accommodations on the student’s letter. At the end of the meeting , the student should be familiar with procedures related to their individualized accommodations. The student will be encouraged to register with SAS for future semesters.