Academic Affairs Manual (ACD)

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Effective: 5/1/1982

Revised: 7/1/2011

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ACD 304–08: Classroom and Testing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

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Purpose

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To accommodate students with disabilities in the classroom and while taking examinations

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Sources

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The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 United States Code § 504
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended
Disability Resource Center

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Applicability

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Faculty
Academic professionals
Employees and students engaged in teaching courses

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Policy

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Any student requesting an academic adjustment must first be registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRC). Course instructors must implement the accomodattion prescribed by the DRC and should remind atudents on the first day of class each semester that they are willing to make any necessary accommodations due to a temporary or permanent disability. Students may discuss any special needs during posted office hours or by appointment.

Students registered with the Disability Resource Center must contact course instructors when the semester begins regarding particular classroom and laboratory accommodations and provide to the instructor DRC documentation that verifies and details the nature of the accommodation. Examples of accommodating students with disabilities may include, but are not limited to, providing readers, scribes, note takers, interpreters, and special testing arrangements; allowing the use of recorders in the classroom; and providing adapted course materials and course requirements.

The Disability Resource Center will contact faculty for course material when a student enrolled in the course needs an alternative text format; faculty should immediately provide the required text material to assure that DRC can arrange transcription into the appropriate format and assure the material is available at the beginning of the semester.

For examinations, the faculty member or designee should administer tests, quizzes, and exams for which students with disabilities need only extended time or proctoring. If more accommodation is needed beyond what is detailed in the DRC documentation, the instructor should contact the Testing Office at the DRC a minimum of three working days in advance of the test and ask for further guidance. The DRC will administer academic examinations requiring private rooms, readers, interpreters, scribes, or adapted equipment (e.g., CCTV enlarger, Braillewriter). However, the DRC may not be able to provide scribes or readers in some technical fields (e.g., some foreign language, math, science, and computer courses). Consequently, instructors may need to provide personnel to administer these examinations. If a test needs to be restructured for a student with a disability, the instructor may consult the DRC regarding test restructuring, but any changes in content are the sole responsibility of the instructor.

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Cross-References

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  1. ACD 405, “Individuals with Disabilities.”
  2. the Student Services Manual (SSM)SSM 701-07, “Alternative Format Services.”

 


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