The Disability Services Office (DSO) will provide Alternative Testing for students who have been granted this accommodation based on their documented disability and provided an Accommodation Request Form to their professor/instructor. The accommodations could include extended time for testing, testing in a distraction reduced environment, use of computer, adaptive software, CCTV, reader or scribe, text enlargement, to name some of the more common requests.
Alternative testing requests should be made 3 working days prior to the exam date except for final exams where the DSO requires 10 work days. It can be done by sending an email; stopping in our office to schedule the exam (Student Services Building, Room 1700) or filling out the electronic form off our website. The student must provide very specific information about the nature of their request and what they will need for accommodations.
Specific information needed to schedule the exam:
- Class name
- Professor's name
- Length of Class
- Date and time
- Any special materials allowed or accommodations
Additional, students who wish to take an exam in the DSO must abide by the following:
- Only necessary items are allowed with the student during testing. Items not allowed include cell phones, iPods, purses and backpacks and other items of this nature.
- Students are responsible for supplies needed for the test such as calculators, pencils and pens.
- The DSO staff will not answer questions by student that call for interpretation of test questions.
- Unless other arrangements are made, students must take exams at the same time as the class.
- Students who arrive late or fail to show up for an exam may forfeit the opportunity to take the test in the DSO and the exam will be returned to the professor/instructor.
Strict standards of academic conduct will be enforced when students are taking exams in the Disability Services Office. Students will be monitored by DS staff, which may enter the room at any time.
Students believed to be engaging in academic misconduct will be required to immediately turn over their exam materials, and any other materials (papers, notes, books, etc.) they have with them, to the DS staff. Everything will then be turned over to the instructor of the class. Disciplinary procedures will be handled through academic channels, not by the DSO. The DSO will not advocate on behalf of a student allegedly engaged in academic misconduct.