COVID-19 Information

UT Tyler Student Accessibility and Resources

The University of Texas at Tyler plans to return to the traditional ratio of in-person and online courses. Due to availability of COVID-19 mitigation measures, the SAR office has moved to a semester-by-semester determination process for all COVID-related accommodations, including remote learning.

If you are a student who is at high risk for COVID-19 due to a disability-related condition and wish to request COVID-19 accommodations, you should fill out the SAR application for services and provide supporting documentation from your treating healthcare or mental health provider. To qualify for any COVID-related accommodations, a student must complete the SAR registration process and meet the federal definition of having a disability.

Remote Participation

As noted above, UT Tyler will return to our traditional ratio of in-person and online classes. Remote participation may be approved for students who are unable to participate in face-to-face courses because of their disability. However, students requesting remote participation should take note of the following:

  1. Remote participation will only be approved on a semester-by-semester basis. Previously approved infectious disease-related accommodations will not automatically be transferred to subsequent semesters and updated documentation may be necessary for renewed requests. This follows our policies to continue the interactive process each semester to ensure we meet your needs.

  2. Approvals are made in collaboration with faculty members. If remote participation fundamentally alters an essential element of a course or program, including licensure requirements, the accommodation will not be approved. In these cases, alternatives to remote participation will be considered.

Individuals with disabilities who request remote course participation must provide appropriate documentation to the SAR office. Students may download and utilize the SAR office’s Request for Remote Learning Form or submit a letter of support from their healthcare or mental health provider that includes the following information:

  1. Letter should be on letterhead, signed and dated by the provider, and include provider’s licensure information.

  2.  A description of the provider and student’s professional relationship, including information regarding how long the provider has been treating the student.

  3. A statement of support for remote course participation, including rationale for remote vs. face-to-face learning formats and description of recommended alternatives to remote participation, if applicable.

  4. A description of how the student’s disability creates a significant barrier to on-campus course participation, including:
    • (For students with CDC high-risk conditions) Health risks of student being physically on campus, considering the student’s health profile, vaccine efficacy and availability, and campus safety procedures.
    • (For students without CDC high-risk condition) A detailed explanation of why face-to-face participation will disproportionately affect the student as compared to their peers such that remote learning is the only viable option for course participation. The impact must go beyond the typical stress or apprehension that most students experience when transitioning back to an in-person format.

Accommodation Request Procedure

  • Course Schedule Changes

Students with COVID-related concerns about participation in face-to-face course modalities should first speak with their academic advisors to determine whether adjustments to their schedule are available. Students may need to consider alternative courses that may be out of their preferred sequence but provide a fully online format in the current term and work to fulfill their degree requirements. If schedule adjustments are not available or do not meet the student’s needs, an accommodation request through the SAR office may be appropriate.

  • Students Already Registered with SAR

Students who are already registered with the SAR office do not need to submit a new online application. Please contact your provider about obtaining updated documentation (see above guidelines) and contact your SAR case manager about your request.

  • Students Not Registered with SAR
    •  Submit online application and supporting documentation.

    • Schedule intake with SAR office and meet with SAR case manager to determine available accommodations (due to current time constraints, determinations may not be completed before the first day of classes).

    • If you have any questions about the registration process or what documentation may be needed, please contact the SAR office at 903-566-7079 or saroffice@uttyler.edu.

 

Other Considerations

Remote participation may not be available to all students or for all courses. If students are concerned about attending their face-to-face courses, they are encouraged to do the following:

  1. Get vaccinated. For faculty, staff, and students who would like to be vaccinated on campus, the NET Health mobile vaccine clinic is on campus for their convenience. Students may walk-in (UT Tyler Parking Lot 7) or register at nethealthcovid19.org.

  2.  Continue to follow CDC COVID-19 recommendations (e.g., wear a mask, wash your hands often, etc.). For additional information, please review the CDC's How to Protect Yourself & Others webpage.

  3. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your course alternatives.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I have tested positive or been exposed to COVID-19. What should I do?

Please follow UTTyler’s guidance on reporting COVID-19 exposure and quarantine/isolation procedures. COVID testing is available if you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with the virus. Contact the COVID hotline at 903-565-5999 or submit the COVID-19 Report Form. STAY HOME if you do not feel well or have symptoms so that you do not risk exposing others. 

A case manager with the Campus Assessment, Response and Evaluation (CARE) Team will contact your faculty. This correspondence will not disclose any personal information, such as your diagnosis; however, it will serve as verification that they can provide you with accommodations, such as approved absences and other short-term accommodations. The case manager will then forward you this notice for your records.

  • Can I receive COVID-related accommodations through the SAR office because of a household member’s immunocompromised status/disability, childcare concerns, or transportation difficulties?

No. While the SAR office recognizes the increased strain on students and their families caused by the pandemic, COVID-related accommodation approvals will only be based on the student’s own disability and disability-related needs. You may reach out directly to your professors and/or departments to discuss the availability of departmental-approved accommodations.