Academic Accommodations

Possible Academic Accommodations:

  • Alternative test location (not a separate room) - refers to the provision of a testing environment that is less distracting than the main classroom.  SDS fills rooms to 1/3 of capacity with a maximum of 15 students.  The space must be quiet and is proctored at all times.
  • Separate room - students will have a room alone (with a proctor) or a proctor in visual contact at all times.
  • Extended time (25%) (50%) or (100%) more time for in-class tests and quizzes
  • Ability to write multiple choice exams directly on the test (no Scantron forms)- If Scantron forms are required, a proctor can complete the form, but the copy of the exam must remain with the Scantron to verify that it was correctly completed.
  • Computer access for essay exams - The computer being used should only have access to a Microsoft word document with the thesaurus and grammar check disabled.  Access to the internet or any other program is blocked.  The student's personal computer should not be used.  Students may have access to Power Point or Microsoft Excel, Windows Media Player or VLC Media Player if required by the professor as part of the exam administration.  If you cannot provide a computer that meets these specifications, the student must be accommodated at SDS.
  • Permission to record lectures on audiotape with professor's approval - Professors must give the student permission to record the lecture to protect intellectual property rights and confidentiality of classmates where appropriate.
  • Use of basic calculator - the basic elements of the exam must not be measuring basic math computation.   Calculators that are programmable or that have memory storage will not be permitted without the approval of the instructor.
  • Access to voice activated software (Dragon Naturally Speaking) - available on computers at SDS.  Student must be familiar with the software prior to the exam.
  • Reader - a proctor will read exam questions or read selections in the exam for the student.  The proctor will not answer any questions.  The student will require a separate room with the proctor.