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Accommodations are determined based on an assessment of individual student needs.
To request accommodations:
- Complete the application for services
- Provide documentation
- Schedule meeting with Disability Resource Center Coordinator
- Difference between high school and college
Procedures to access resources
- Provide documentation
- Schedule meeting with DRC Coordinator. Communicate with the Disability Resource Center; we are here to help you. We will meet at least once per semester to review accommodations
- Once all documentation and accommodations have been discussed, you will be provided with a letter that describes your accommodation(s). Keep in mind that while the instructor must offer accommodation, they are not expected to compromise essential requirements and components of the course or evaluation standards.
Prior to the date of the exam, the student is encouraged to speak to the faculty member about how best to reach them should the student have questions about exam content.
If the student cannot take the exam at the scheduled time, they must speak with the instructor about rescheduling it.
Arranging Testing Accommodations
- At the beginning of the semester (or well in advance of scheduling their exams), students must provide the instructor a copy of their Letter of Accommodations (LOA) which they receive from the Disability Resource Center Coordinator after having been approved for accommodations through the DRC. If you have not yet been approved for accommodations, please contact the Student Success Center at 320-589-6178 and request to make an appointment with the Disability Resource Center Coordinator.
- Students must also meet with their instructor at the beginning of the semester (or well in advance of requesting any accommodation) to discuss how their quiz and exam accommodations will be handled, either by the instructor or at the Student Success Center. This should be done prior to each quiz or exam.
- If the student does not provide their LOA to their instructor, the instructor is not obligated to provide any accommodations.
Scheduling an Exam with Accommodations
- Students approved for testing accommodations may take their exams at the Student Success Center (SSC), but instructors may arrange testing accommodations under their supervision.
- Exams (including extended time) must be scheduled to fit within Student Success Center hours of operation (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; finals week hours are extended to meet the scheduled exam times).
- Exams taken at SSC must be scheduled five business days in advance.
- All exams taken at SSC must be scheduled through Google calendar.
- Click on the date and approximate time to start creating an event
- Type in the course number and the word exam (ex., PSY 1001 exam). For students requiring a computer, reader, scribe, or other technology approved as a testing accommodation, indicate that on the subject line (ex., PSY 1001 exam Computer needed).
- Click "edit event"
- Date and time: Make sure the correct date is entered (should match the same date as the rest of the class taking the exam). Adjust the time to meet the correct test time plus the extended test time. For example, for students receiving an additional 50% time (1.5x), classes that meet for 65 minutes (many Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes) are permitted an additional 35 minutes (rounded up from 32.5 minutes) for total of 100 minutes or 1 hour 40 minutes. In classes that meet for 1 hour 40 minutes (many Tuesday/Thursday classes), the extended time would be an additional 50 minutes for a total of 2 hours 30 minutes.
- Enter where the testing location will be as "240 Briggs Library."
- Add Guests: Add the instructor and the Student Success Center.
- Visibility: Near the bottom of the edit screen, click "Private" for visibility
- Save: Near the top of the edit screen, click the "save" button
- Send invitations: A box will pop on the screen asking if you want to send invitations. Click "Send."
- If a student requires assistance with the scheduling, SSC staff will assist with the process, but will not schedule exams with fewer than five business days notice. An exception will be granted for exams that have been changed by the instructor with less than five business days notice. SSC will confirm this with the instructor.
- Exams must be scheduled to start at the same time as the regular classroom exams. Exceptions, such as evening exams or when time accommodations extend into another class period or beyond the office hours of the Student Success Center, must be arranged with the Disability Resource Center Coordinator on a case by case basis in advance.
- After an exam is scheduled with SSC and the instructor through Google calendar, SSC staff will contact the instructor if necessary and make arrangements to receive the exam. After the test is taken, SSC staff will deliver the exam to the division office for the instructor unless the instructor makes an arrangement with SSC to pick up the completed exam.
- The exam time begins at the time scheduled; the exam will be terminated at the completion of the approved extended time accommodation. Any variance or adjustment to this must be approved by the instructor and the DRC Coordinator.
Space is limited in the SSC during Finals Week. As a result, it is imperative that students arrive at their scheduled exam time. If this is not possible, the student should contact the Student Success Center.
Changing or Canceling an Exam
If a student needs to make a correction to their exam schedule, accommodation, or cancel the scheduled exam, please contact Student Success Center by email or in person. Please include the course, original date and time and the new dates and time. These corrections will need to be put into Google calendar but will not be approved if occurring less than five business days in advance unless written or verbal approval has been provided to SSC by the DRC Coordinator and the instructor. If the student does not have approval, the student will have to make arrangements with their instructor or take the exam as originally scheduled.