Academic Support

Disability Support Services

The Office of Disability Support Services is committed to providing equitable access to learning opportunities for all students with documented disabilities (e.g., mental health, attentional, learning, chronic health, sensory, or physical). Accommodations are not provided retroactively and students are encouraged to register as soon as they begin their academic program. TTUHSC El Paso encourages students to access all resources available for consistent support and accommodations.

Please contact the Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) to schedule a confidential conversation about the process for requesting reasonable accommodations in the classroom.

For more information, you can visit the DSS website at elpaso.ttuhsc.edu/studentservices/disability-support-services/default.aspx

The information below explains the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities as well as the obligations TTUHSC El Paso has to provide academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, and/or services. Each student receiving academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, and/or services through the DSS is required to sign a student agreement, which outlines their responsibility for receiving academic adjustments.

Students with disabilities have a RIGHT to:

  • Equal access to courses, programs, services, and activities offered through TTUHSC El Paso.
  • Confidentiality of all information pertaining to the individual’s disability, except as disclosures are necessary to provide accommodation or are required or permitted by law.
  • Accessible formats of information if reasonably available.
  • Equal opportunity to learn through reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services.

 

Students with disabilities have a RESPONSIBILITY to:

  • Meet qualifications and maintain essential institutional technical standards for courses, services and activities.
  • To self-disclose as an individual with a disability when an academic adjustment, auxiliary aids and/or service is needed.
  • To follow published procedures and seek information, counsel, and assistance in a timely manner to request accommodations and services.
  • Complete and submit the Self-Disclosure and Accommodation Request forms to DSS.
  • Provide recent documentation from an appropriate professional detailing how a student’s disability limits participation in courses, programs, services, or activities and provides support for each accommodation request.
  • Discuss the accommodation(s) with the instructor during the first week of class or rotation and/or within one week of being granted the accommodation.
  • Inform DSS if the student elects not to use an approved accommodation. An Accommodation Waiver form will need to be completed.
  • Renew accommodations each semester (GGHSON, GSBS) or year (PLFSOM). A Renewal of Accommodations form will need to be completed each semester/year that the student wishes to continue accommodations.
  • Promptly inform the DSS director of any problems with the manner in which an accommodation(s) is being provided.

Program of Assistance for Students (PAS)

PAS is a program that enhances wellness by providing students and any dependents, the opportunity to manage life’s problems before they become serious and impair students’ academic and professional performance.

PAS benefits include:

  • Provides up to five free counseling sessions per student per academic year.
  • The student and/or any dependent living in the student’s household can utilize these five free counseling sessions.
  • 24-hour crisis hotline
    • Pass crisis line 800-327-0328
    • Emergence Health Network 915-779-1800
  • Call provider or agency of students’ choice and make their own appointment.
  • Confidentiality assured. No bills will be identified with students to the schools.
  • PAS offices are located throughout the El Paso community.

 

For more information please dial the following numbers: 800-327-0328 or 806-743-1327

Emergencies

In case of an emergency, students may go to any emergency room, or the ones listed below, at their own expense.

University Medical Center
4815 Alameda Ave
El Paso, TX 79905
915-544-1200

El Paso Psychiatric Center
4615 Alameda Ave
El Paso, TX 79905
915-532-2202

The two numbers above 800-327-0328 and 915-779-1800 serve as a 24-hour crisis line, available to any student or family member, whether or not the student are currently receiving counseling through a PAS provider. The person answering your call will connect the student with a PAS counselor for assistance.

Libraries

The TTUHSC El Paso Libraries serve the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and health professionals throughout the U.S.-Mexico Border area. The libraries are located in two buildings on opposite ends of the campus.

The Delia Montes-Gallo Library is located on the first floor of the Academic Education Center (AEC) building across from Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso (4801 Alberta Avenue). The AEC library has study carrels, a copier, and a computer room with both PCs and Macs.

The Doris F. Eisenberg Library is located on the second floor of the Medical Education Building (MEB). This location has a “quiet room,” a conference room and a study room. There are also three small group study rooms located directly outside of the MEB library. In addition, the MEB Library provides students with 24/7 access to study carrels and tables at which students may study and connect to the network via Ethernet cables or Wi-Fi. Computer stations are available for use as well (both PC and Mac).

The hours of operation for each library are as follows:

 

 

Delia Montes-Gallo Library
Academic Education Center (AEC)

Doris F. Eisenberg Library
Medical Education Building (MEB)

Monday-Friday

7:30am – 10:00pm

7:30am – 11:00pm

Saturday

Closed

10:00am – 11:00pm

Sunday

Closed

1:00pm – 11:00pm

 

Please visit the libraries’ website for detailed information at elpaso.ttuhsc.edu/libraries/

Study Space

A large number of individual and group teaching rooms can be found throughout the MEB. Both TTUHSC El Paso libraries have student study spaces. The library in the MEB has over 45 individual study carrels equipped to accommodate laptop computers. During the day, group teaching rooms are used to conduct university business, but these rooms are available to students after 5pm and are designed for groups of 3 or more students. All study space is shared by TTUHSC El Paso faculty, staff and students, which includes nursing students, graduate students, visiting TTUHSC El Paso students, and residents.

J. Robert and Sherry Brown Student Lounge

The student lounge and wellness center are located on the 1st floor of the MEB across from the Office of Student Affairs. They are available to students 24 hours a day seven days a week by using your ID badge for access. Faculty and residents are prohibited from its use.

Quiet Room

The quite room is located in the Doris F. Eisenberg Library of the MEB. The quiet room has lounge chairs and is for students to rest, meditate, do yoga or even take a nap.