Students with disabilities may receive test accommodations determined on an individual basis. "Test," as used in this context, refers to quizzes and examinations taken during the semester in conjunction with an academic class. Students should discuss their specific needs for testing accommodations with the DSS staff.
Test accommodations are determined on an individualized basis and may include:
- Extended time to complete examinations and quizzes
- A testing location reduced of distractions
- Equipment such as a computer, magnifier, or Braille
- Readers and scribes
- Alternative formats
Tests must be taken during the regular class time unless an alternate time is approved by the instructor (DSS closely communicates with the instructors concerning test dates and times – all scheduling/rescheduling will be confirmed).
Exams must be scheduled at least 3 days in advance in order to ensure adequate accommodations and must be scheduled within the parameters of DSS business hours. Exams may be scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday – Friday (no later than 2:00 p.m. in order to receive double testing time). DSS reserves the right to refuse testing accommodations for those students who do not schedule examinations in advance. You and your instructor will receive a confirmation e-mail with the testing time you requested along with a copy of the information you submitted. If there are any issues with the exam request you submit online, DSS will contact you as soon as possible so other arrangements can be made.
Students must contact DSS as early as possible to cancel their appointment if circumstances prevent keeping the appointment. Students must clear any changes in appointment time, date, or conditions with their instructors if such changes are needed. This should be done prior to rescheduling with DSS.
Students must communicate with their instructor’s prior to taking an exam in class. There must be an agreement made between the instructor and the student of whether or not the instructor can or cannot accommodate double testing time in class. Otherwise, the student will decline their double testing time if they take the exam in class. DSS provides testing rooms and will always provide the double testing time and space is never a problem with scheduling.
Students must arrive on time at the DSS office. Students who are late can be docked the late minutes from the time available to complete the examination. Because of limited seating, after 15 minutes, it will be assumed that you are a “NO SHOW” and your seat may be given away. DSS reserves the right to refuse testing accommodations for those students who do not arrive on time.