Common Classroom Accommodations:

Extended time on tests (time and a half/double time) Time and a half is the normal extended time unless additional time is specified on the accommodation sheet

Test in the Testing Center – student must properly follow procedures for testing in the Testing Center Use a computer to complete writing assignments

Use of approved formula sheet for math and science tests

Volunteer note taker in class and/or class lecture notes provided by the instructor

Additional time for lengthy written assignments by 3-7 days with approval Use of calculator in class and on exams

Preferential seating in class

Reader for tests

Avoid penalizing for spelling errors when appropriate Alternate textbook format (e-texts)

Recorded lectures

Enlarged print for tests and handouts

Avoid penalizing for medically related and substantiated absences

Academic Standards 

Accommodations should not lessen course requirements or reduce academic standards. Instead, accommodations may slightly alter an instructor’s teaching style or testing methods since they are tailored to reduce or circumvent the limitations imposed by the disability of a student. If an instructor is concerned that any of the accommodations may alter the course requirements or otherwise compromise the integrity of the course, the instructor may discuss alternative solutions with the Director of Student Disability Services. A conversation with the student will occur as needed after concerns are resolved.

Temporary Student Accommodations 

Temporary Student Accommodations (TSA) can be provided to a student for a condition/situation that is anticipated to be short-term in duration. Ideally, these situations would not interfere with the student’s educational progress. The provision of such accommodations provides the necessary supports in a time-limited way to assure a student has access to their educational program.

The specific accommodations and the duration should be determined by a medical professional. For example, a student who has a surgical procedure on his hand and cannot hold a writing instrument for 6 weeks may need a scribe for testing during that time.

The process to secure accommodations begins with the student identifying the Director of Student Disability Services his/her need for accommodations. The Director of Student Disability Services will meet with the student and gather all pertinent documentation and issue a TSA for necessary accommodations. The following steps will occur:

  1.  Students must self-identify his/her temporary need.
  2. The student makes an appointment with the Director of Student Disability Services 
  3. The student will complete an application for accommodations along with the release of information forms.
  4. The student will provide appropriate documentation from a qualified professional of the condition/situation for which they are requesting accommodations.
  5. After a meeting with the student, the Director of Student Disability Services will review all information and if appropriate a TSA will be given to the student. IT is the student’s responsibility to share accommodations with each instructor.

Given the nature of TSA, the student is encouraged to enlist the support of his/her Student Success Advisor and/or Academic Advisor to assure academic progress.

Alternative Textbook Service