Testing Accommodations

HourglassStudents who are eligible for testing accommodations will provide faculty with formal notification from DSS.

Some students are not eligible for testing accommodations but struggle with exams. We have put together a list of resources for these students and it can be found on the testing accommodation page within the student section of this website.

When a student requests and is eligible for testing accommodations such as extended time, a quiet testing environment, a computer for written exams, or other modifications, you will receive a Faculty Notification letter outlining the accommodations that are needed.

If a faculty member wishes to provide an alternate testing arrangement for a student who is not eligible for testing accommodation on the basis of disability it may be possible for DSS to assist with proctoring as a courtesy. This would be done based on faculty request and through consultation with the Director or Coordinator on a space available basis.

Faculty always have a choice in either administering the test with the accommodations in place, or having the test administered by DSS. Email notification will include a link to the testing contract and it is vital to fill this out because the standard amount of time allowed to the class, the appropriateness of bringing, notes, books, or other materials into the classroom, as well as the method of delivery and pick-up for the actual testing materials, are all included on the testing contract. Without this information DSS cannot administer tests.

All students who take their tests through Disability Support Services sign an Agreement for Using Test Proctoring Services that is meant to ensure academic integrity.

Please note that for students whose testing accommodations include Alternate Format testing materials we prefer to receive tests as email attachments.

The DSS Test Proctoring Rooms are all equipped with height adjustable tables and computer stations with adaptive software and large monitors on flexible arms. All rooms are  monitored by staff and are also equipped with cameras for additional surveillance. Test security is taken very seriously and any faculty member who wishes to come in for a tour of the space is welcome to do so.