Disability Services will provide any reasonable academic accommodation that a student needs due to his or her disability. Our services are very individualized because every student is a unique individual. The following services are the ones most commonly needed; however, other special arrangements may be made for students as their situations warrant.
Every student should meet with an academic adviser prior to each semester for course selection and registration. Students with disabilities who are unable to participate in regular registration activities may then contact Disability Services for assistance.
Notification of Faculty
Students should meet with instructors to request any needed accommodations at the beginning of each semester. At the student’s request, Disability Services will provide the student with letters to present to instructors to request accommodations and verify the student’s eligibility for the accommodations.
Alternative testing is available through Disability Services in cooperation with instructors. Tests administered in alternative formats help to more accurately reflect students’ achievement levels without interference from disability-related factors. Alternative formats might include extended time, tape-recorded exams, use of adaptive equipment, a private room, and/or the use of a reader or scribe.
Students should comply with the following policies as soon as testing needs are known. All exams must be scheduled in Disability Services at least seven (7) days in advance of the anticipated test date.
Student Responsibilities for Using Alternative Testing
- Meet with professors before or during the first week of the semester to discuss disability and exam arrangements. Students are provided with Alternative Testing forms and are responsible for completing the forms with their professors and ensuring their receipt in Disability Services.
- Each exam should be scheduled at the same time that the regular class is scheduled to take it, with the exception of evening classes. Exceptions are made only when a student has back-to-back classes. If a student has an evening class, testing must be completed by 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. If the student wishes to take the exam outside of the regular class time, he or she absolutely must obtain the professor's permission.
- Students should arrive a few minutes early and be ready to take the exam at the scheduled time. Additional time will not be given for late arrivals. If a scheduled test is missed, the exam will be returned to the professor. Students should contact the professor as soon as possible to reschedule the examination.
Changes/Cancellations of Exams
If a change in arrangements is necessary due to illness or emergency, students should contact the professor and Disability Services as soon as possible. If a student cancels an exam and wants to reschedule, Disability Services must have written or verbal permission from the instructor.
Students are expected to uphold the integrity of the examination process and are subject to procedures for academic dishonesty defined and described in the Student Handbook. Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the Dean of Students.
Disability Services requests the assistance of instructors to identify note takers for students with disabilities. Peer note takers create a second set of notes by Xeroxing course notes and materials.
It is the disabled student’s responsibility to request this service at the beginning of each semester or course needed. It is also the student’s responsibility to attend class. Note takers and professors are not obligated to provide notes for classes that the student does not attend.
Disability Services will tape any course reading materials for eligible students. It is the student’s responsibility to provide the print materials to Disability Services for taping in advance. Because this process is time consuming, instructors can help to facilitate the service by informing students of all reading assignments at least two weeks in advance.
Students who need enlarged materials should bring any books/materials to be enlarged to Disability Services as soon as possible. This is very important, as we typically need a minimum of one week to complete this service. It is the student’s responsibility to deliver his or her materials and obtain the enlargements in Disability Services.
Classrooms may be relocated as necessary to correct accessibility problems. Please contact Disability Services as soon as the problem is discovered so that we can make arrangements.
As a courtesy, Disability Services will loan tape recorders to students who have difficulty taking notes in class due to their disabilities. Tape recorders are available each semester on a first come, first served basis.
Students who need sign-language interpreters should register for classes as early as possible each semester to allow adequate time for services to be arranged. Typically, Disability Services will need a minimum of five weeks to make arrangements.
If the interpreter is not present when class begins, deaf students are asked to wait ten minutes for him/her to arrive. While interpreters are expected to be on time, accidents sometimes happen. If the interpreter does not arrive, students should notify Disability Services immediately.
If the deaf student does not arrive on time, interpreters are instructed to wait for 20 minutes. If the student does not arrive within that time, the interpreter may leave unless otherwise notified.
Disability Services will provide interpreters for regular class sessions and for class-related events, such as field trips. Deaf students needing interpreter services for other campus services and events, such as tutoring or theater performances, should contact the department sponsoring the program.
Deaf students may request real-time captioning of class lectures in lieu of sign-language interpreters. The same conditions apply to this service as those listed above for interpreter services. Captionists are not allowed to transcribe lectures for students for classes during which the student is absent. Students must attend class to receive this service.