ACCESS ADVOCATES - Exam Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

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Accommodating Students - So you received a Letter of Accommodation. What’s next?

WHAT do I do when I get an accommodation letter?

The letter of accommodations (LOA), informs the professor of the necessary accommodations required to facilitate equal access in class. The professor should review the letter and make note of the accommodations listed; in some cases, discuss implementation with the student or coordinator. The student should leave the conversation with the understanding of how they will be accommodated. The Office of Disability Services is also available to accommodate students with all approved exam and notetaking requests. Using accommodations though ODS requires students to fill out our online request forms.

WHY do I need to accommodate a student?

Federal legislation mandates that the University provide reasonable accommodations that afford equal opportunity for all students. Achieving reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities involves shared responsibility among the students, faculty, and staff.

HOW do I accommodate a student who needs exam accommodations?

As the instructor, you may - as informed in the LOA - choose to administer the exams/test to the student yourself, or, you may utilize our office to assist in administering the exam.

“As the administrator of Chemistry 161-162 for the past 5 years, I have worked with ODS in all our exams. This relationship has been cooperative and professional, and ODS always works with us to administer exams, giving students their appropriate accommodations.”
- Paul Kimmel (Lecturer and Administrator, Chemistry 161) 

If you choose to accommodate the student on your own please visit our site to learn more about how to administer accommodations appropriately.

Special notes for final exams.

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Here are a few suggestions on how you can help your students (and us!) with final exams:

  • Stay in communication with our exam office to help with the smooth administration of your final exam.
  • Upload or deliver your exams to our office as early as you can.
  • Provide us with the exam administration details, i.e., length of exam time for the class, use of notes, books, calculators, and return methods.

During finals week our office will proctor about 850 exams in over 340 different courses! Your cooperation will help us ensure that your exam is handled securely, accurately, and efficiently.