Common Classroom Accommodations
Based on the student's schedule, your schedule, and the schedule of the room where the exam is held, some students will be able to take the exam in the classroom with time offered afterwards.
For those students who request testing in a quiet location or when scheduling conflicts exist, the student will need to take the exam somewhere else, perhaps at a time different from the actual exam time. The student and you must come to an agreement as to when and where the exam will be held.
As a resource available to you, Disability Services operates the Pius Library Testing Center and the Medical Campus Testing Center. It is not a place where you have to refer students to take tests but may choose to do so if it would be the best way to ensure that testing accommodations are properly given to the student. More information on the testing centers can be found elsewhere within the Disability Services website.
The campus testing centers have access to computers without Internet access available for students to receive this accommodation.
There is no one right answer to this situation and it can be challenging to implement in some situations. First and foremost, please note that the student must request accommodations for pop quizzes. Most students use accommodations for exams but not for pop quizzes. Thus, plan nothing until you hear from the student.
Giving all students extended time is perhaps the best way to accommodate pop quizzes for those students who need the extra time and for those classes in which pop quizzes are deemed to be of great importance. For those professors who want to give pop quizzes but who do not want to used extended time from class to give the quizzes, a few ideas are offered below:
- Ask the student what would be the best approach
- Give quizzes at the end of class and allow the student to stay later if the student does not have a schedule conflict
- Ask student to come to office for an oral pop quiz as soon after class as possible
- Consider why pop quizzes are used and the purpose of them and then create a different method to reach the same purpose. Alternative examples include:
· Hand out questions at the end of class to be turned in prior to the next class.
· Send "pop quiz" questions by e-mail 12 hours prior to class and ask the students to have the questions complete by the beginning of class.
· Put questions on a web site for students to get and answer at some point before the next class.
· Distribute questions during class and have small group discussion.
When the student approaches you about this accommodation, one of the first things you should ask the student is if he or she wants you
Once this agreement is made, you will need to make a confidential announcement to the class requesting a volunteer note-taker to support another student in the class. Something along the lines of "A student in this class has requested the use of a volunteer note-taker. If anyone is willing to share a copy of their notes with a student, please speak with me after class
When a student does come forward, follow through with the arrangements you made with the student needing the notes. If the student agreed to step forward, facilitate the initial meeting between the volunteer student and the student needing the accommodation. From there, let the student make arrangements as to how copies of notes will be obtained. That is not your responsibility.
If a student does not come forward after at least two class period announcements, please contact Services about other options.
The student requesting the service needs to evaluate the notes to make sure they are thorough and accurate. The student is encouraged to show you the notes for your review to verify the notes do reflect important class content.
If the student informs you that the volunteer note-taker is frequently absent or if the quality of the volunteer notes is deemed poor, please consider repeating the process and asking for assistance from another student. When all else fails, please offer the student an alternative solution or speak with Disability Services staff.
This accommodation can be very challenging to implement because it is necessarily vague due to the wide variety of classroom policies and procedures. Below is information on the attendance accommodation, as written to the student. For more information on this accommodation, please contact Disability Services.
More information on this accommodation is provided during the accommodation registration process. Below is a general review of what the accommodation entails. It is extremely important to note that this accommodation MUST be requested and approved by the Disability Services and discussed with the course instructor by no later than 2 - 3 weeks into the semester in question.
Accommodations for medical purposes are referred to as an "Attendance Accommodation." The accommodation will only refer to your being approved for consideration of modification of the course attendance policy itself by virtue of your medical situation.
The situation could be something that is consistently present everyday or it could be something that exacerbates at different times. Possible examples of the latter include sickle cell crisis and fibromyalgia flare-ups. A medical situation is NOT an occasional headache, the flu, or acute recovery from an operation such as an appendectomy. Doctor's appointments are also not part of this accommodation because scheduling an appointment is something you can often control with planning. Choosing to miss class to sleep in, attend a Cardinal's game, or hang out with friends is also not part of this accommodation even if you are approved for it.
Your instructor determines how the accommodation is carried out for your class once you formally request this accommodation and discuss the matter with him or her.
Should you miss a class period for medical reasons on a day when there happens to be a pop quiz, test, or important assignment due, how your professor wants to handle any make-up work or late work is at the discretion of the professor. Please remember that you are always responsible for any missed material or work covered in class during your absence. Neither extensions of deadlines for assignments due nor arrangements for making up pop quizzes, tests, exams, or work missed during an absence are specifically identified within this accommodation.
Dealing with the consequences of a missed class (test, missed deadline, missed lab work, etc.) is something that must be negotiated with the professor as the need arises. You are highly encouraged to attend every class when any assignments or tests are to occur so as to not leave the outcome of missed work up to discussion with your professor. You should also speak with the professor about these "what ifs" in the event something happens later.
Documentation for the attendance accommodation should be on file with Disability Services. You should not have to give medical documentation to your professor for verification since you have been approved for the accommodation by Disability Services. But the professor may request documentation. If this happens, you have the choice of presenting documentation to the instructor or of talking to Disability Services about how to best proceed. Please do not feel that you must submit this information to the professor.
It is extremely important to note that this accommodation MUST be requested and approved by Disability Services and discussed with the course instructor by no later than 2 - 3 weeks into the semester in question.
For an out-of-class assignment, you determine how you want to handle such a request in most cases. Out-of-class assignments often do not fall within the realm of the accommodation process but rather are left to the decision of the professor based on course policies. This includes a student who indicates to you that the assignment is not going to be done on time "because of my ADD" or "because of my learning disability." Out-of-class assignments are completed in part through successful time management. When a student has ample out-of-class time to work on an assignment, the student is often expected to factor in the time needed due to the disability when building a plan for completing the project.
Having a disability does not excuse behaviors that disrupt the classroom environment. Please contact Disability Services immediately to discuss such situations.
While the student can request an accommodation, you have the right to suggest an alternative or to state that a certain accommodation is not reasonable for a given situation. In the event that you want to deny an accommodation for some reason, it is recommended that you speak with Disability Services staff to presenting a final decision to the student. Disability Services staff can talk to you about the situation along with alternatives and options when appropriate.
If the student is asking for an accommodation not on the student's letter or if you do not feel the student is requesting a reasonable accommodation that is on the letter, please contact Disability Services and discuss the matter. Do not provide an accommodation if you do not feel comfortable about doing so.
In some situations, an accommodation process may go into an appeal stage. More information on the appeal process can be found elsewhere on the Disability Services web site.