Implementing Accommodations in the Classroom
Students are entitled to accommodations once they have completed the registration process with the Office for Disability Services. If classroom accommodations are needed, then the student must also disclose a need for accommodations to the instructor by discussing the accommodations that are listed on the Letter of Accommodation. Click here to see an example Letter of Accommodation.
If you feel that an accommodation authorized by ODS represents a change in the core requirements of your course, please fill out an Accommodation Appeal Form.
Accommodations may provide for the student to take tests and quizzes in a different manner than other students in your class. Examples of the most common alternative testing arrangements are:
This accommodation is appropriate for students whose disability causes significantly slower reading, writing, or organization of information.
This accommodation is appropriate for students whose disability significantly impacts their concentration or renders them highly subject to distraction. It may also be appropriate for students who employ test-taking strategies that may interfere with other students in the class (e.g., reading questions aloud).
Providing examinations on audio-tape, in Braille or large print, or with a reader is appropriate for students with visual or reading impairments.
Change in Date of Test
This accommodation may be appropriate for students whose disabilities fluctuate (e.g., depression, diabetes, chronic illness). Such students may request a reasonable postponement provided they make timely notice of their request and the request relates to active symptoms of their disability.
Students can test at the Academic Success Center, or they can make arrangements with the instructor to test with him/her in a mutually agreed upon location.
Faculty need to ensure they can provide the approved testing accommodations requested by the student if he/she is proctoring the test for the student. (i.e. the full amount of extra time available to the student, a distraction-reduced environment, test read aloud to the student).
ASC Testing Procedures
The Academic Success Center will proctor/read exams only for students who have requested accommodations through the Office for Disability Services.
- All tests must be taken in the Academic Success Center. Tests will not be proctored by library staff. If a student needs to take a test in the Academic Success Center (either for an alternative location, extended time, or for a reader) an appointment must be scheduled.
- The student is responsible for scheduling an appointment with the Academic Success Center to take a test. Tests may be taken during regular class periods or at a time approved by the instructor.
- The instructor is responsible to have the test available in the Academic Success Center at the appropriate time. Tests walked over by students will not be proctored by the ASC.
- The test must be placed in a manila envelope (extras are in the file cabinet), then placed in the file cabinet under your name.
- Each envelope should be clearly marked with student’s name, class, teacher, date of test and any directions. The directions should contain any special instructions and/or restrictions on the test, i.e., can use class notes, cannot use notes, can use textbook, calculator, etc… as well as the time allowed for the exam.
- The test will be stored in the locked file cabinet in the library work room on the first floor. The adult staff of the Academic Success Center and the library staff have access to this locked drawer.
- Once the student takes the test, it will be returned to the locked file cabinet. The instructor is responsible for picking up the test from the file cabinet.
- The tutor is responsible for the administering of the test, as directed by the instructor.
- The tutor administering the test will pick-up the test from the cabinet, give the test as directed, mark it as taken, and return it to the locked drawer.
Note: A copy of the student’s ODS letter will be provided to the ASC so they are aware of the approved accommodations.
Students requesting note-taking assistance will need access to any PowerPoint presentations used in class, and possibly a copy of instructor lecture notes or outlines, or a peer’s notes. The purpose of the accommodation is to give students access to the information that was discussed in class and presented in a visual format. Students who receive note-taking assistance are also encouraged to tape record lectures to supplement their notes.