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Dallas Theological Seminary works to provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations to students with psychological, medical, physical, and learning disabilities. Students desiring or needing accommodations on the basis of such disabilities or of medical incidents such as hospitalization or severe injury are to email the Director of Services for Students with Disabilities.
If you are aware of a condition that may impact your studies, please contact the Director of Services for Students with Disabilities before the semester begins or at the onset of a crisis in order to have all relevant documentation on file for the semester. Please note:
While accommodations cannot fundamentally change the major aspects of core requirements of courses or your program, they can aid you in successfully completing your work.
Specific accommodations provided are discussed and determined on a case-by-case basis only after acceptance as a DTS student.
What can students do to minimize barriers to learning? The list below is not exhaustive. Where a link to a particular resource is provided, this is an example and not a product endorsement by DTS. If you know of other sources, let us know, so we can add them to the list!
The Texas Workforce Commission’s Vocational Rehabilitation Services (TWC-VRS) may provide financial assistance for documentation or accommodations for Texas students.
Students are encouraged to check with their own state and local agencies for additional help.
Sometimes major accidents occur or major health issues arise during the course of a semester. If this happens to you, please reach out (or have a spouse or close friend, if you cannot) to the Director for Services with Disabilities in order to alert DTS to the issue. The director will contact professors and let them know of your absence. Then, as soon as possible, obtain an official notice from the doctor (on paper that includes the person’s name, title, place of work). The notice should include initial date of the issue and date the person projects a return to study (or a follow up appointment for clearance), as well as the impact this will have on your studies. The physician can email the notice to email@example.com or fax it to 214-887-5535.
When your situation permits, you will have a consultation (typically over the phone) with the Director for Services with Disabilities to discuss the best route forward with your courses. You will need to provide a list of your classes and where you are in the completion of your work. Professors will then be notified of any accommodations granted.
Faculty and staff pray regularly for our students. If you wish, you may submit your prayer request here. If you would like to speak with the campus pastor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 214-887-5363.
Dallas Theological Seminary strives to ensure that individuals with disabilities who use service and assistance animals will be able to receive the benefit of the tasks these animals provide or the therapeutic support they offer in accordance with the requirements of federal law.
Service animal means a dog (or in rare cases, a miniature horse) that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. The work or task that the dog performs must be directly related to the individual’s disability. Service animals are working animals, not pets. Examples of service animal tasks include but are not limited to guiding a person with blindness, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair.
Assistance animal means an animal that is necessary to afford a person with a disability an equal opportunity to use and enjoy Seminary housing. An assistance animal provides emotional support which alleviates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person’s documented disability. Such animals generally have no formal training and are not limited to canines. Unlike service animals, these animals do not assist a person with activities of daily living, nor does it accompany the owner at all times. Such animals are sometimes also known as, comfort, therapy or emotional support animals.
Pet means an animal kept for ordinary use and companionship. A pet is not considered a service animal or a assistance animal and is not covered by this policy. Residents are not permitted to keep pets, other than birds and fish, in seminary housing.
DTS generally allows service animals in its offices, buildings, classrooms, housing, meetings, dining areas, activities and events when accompanied by an individual with a disability who indicates the service animal is trained to provide and does provide, a specific service to them that is directly related to their disability. Service animals may not be permitted if the animal poses a substantial and direct threat to health or safety or when the animal constitutes a fundamental alteration to the nature of a seminary program or service.
In general, individuals who are accompanied by a service animal must not be asked to identify the nature or extent of their disability.
If it is not readily apparent that an animal is performing work or a task on behalf of an individual with a disability, the individual should immediately be referred to the Disability Office to determine whether an animal qualifies as a service animal. The Disability Office may inquire:
Assistance animals will be permitted in seminary housing when the assistance animal is approved by the Disability Office and is necessary for the resident with a documented disability to have equal access to housing.
A request to have an assistance or emotional support animal in DTS apartments involves the following steps:
Once the above items are received, Disability Services will evaluate the request. Please plan for a 7-10 business day turnaround time.
The owner of an assistance animal approved as an accommodation in Seminary housing must:
Service and assistance animals may be removed by the DTS Police, Housing Office, or the Disability Office. When a service animal or a assistance animal is removed pursuant to this policy, the Disability Office will work with the owner/handler to determine reasonable alternative opportunities to participate in the seminary service, program or activity without having the service or assistance animal on seminary premises. Service and assistance animals may be removed for the following reasons:
*If the service or assistance animal is believed to be a direct threat to the safety of other residents or staff, the owner/handler will be required to remove the animal from seminary premises immediately.