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Disability Services

Exam Accommodations

Students receiving accommodations through the DSO who are eligible to receive exam accommodations should receive these accommodations directly from their professors.  When necessary, however, the DSO is prepared to assist professors by providing alternate testing rooms or proctors during normal office hours.  Following are a few answers to questions professors may have when assisting students with exam accommodations.

1. How do I know what exam accommodations to provide?

Students, approved for exam accommodations, should provide you with a letter from the DSO indicating the exam accommodations needed.  Exam accommodations may include but are not limited to:  extended time, low distraction environment or private room, use of a computer, large print, scribe or reader.  Specific accommodations are specified in the letter.

2. What constitutes a low distraction environment?

A low distraction environment is a testing locale with minimal interruptions and limited noise.  Smaller classrooms with few students or a quiet office would be suitable.  It is important to discuss the proposed testing environment with the student in order to determine the appropriateness of the testing environment.

3. Should I contact Disability Services if I am providing the exam accommodations on my own?

It is not necessary for the instructor to contact the DSO if providing exam accommodations without assistance from the DSO, nor is it necessary to complete the Request for Proctoring Services form.

NOTE:  The Disability Services Office does not expect you to change course guidelines or standards.  The purpose of accommodation is to ensure equal educational opportunity.

Please at x6500 if you have any questions or concerns about providing exam accommodations.