If academic accommodations are necessary, Disability Services in the Student Success Center can assist in working with students in this capacity. Students may call 314-977-3484 or email email@example.com to schedule a meeting.
Extended time testing can be used for in-class paper-and-pencil tests (multiple choice, essay, T/F, etc.). You also have the option of using it for in-class quizzes if interested. Coordination for this accommodation must occur and requires discussion with the professor and perhaps the campus Testing Center.
Extended time testing does not necessarily cover lab-based exams. Each lab situation is reviewed on a case-by-case basis relative to your situation. You must speak with Disability Services staff if you believe course lab accommodations should be considered.
For take home exams, extended time testing often does not apply. However, case-by-case consideration can occur. You must speak with Disability Services staff if you have concerns about the time allotted for a take home test.
You will need to initially speak with your professor about how this accommodation will be provided. Instructors will handle this accommodation differently. Based on the amount of time approved for you, your schedule, your professor's schedule, the schedule of the room where you are taking the exam, and/or whether or not you are requesting a separate test location outside of the classroom will determine different options available. Thus, speaking with your professor is required.
Generally, it works best when testing if you can take the exam at the same time as the rest of the class. However, DS and your professors realize that this time frame may not always be possible if you have schedule conflicts that would prevent you from receiving your extended time accommodation. For example, if you have a class at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00am, it would not be possible to have an uninterrupted, extended time accommodation for your 10:00am class while still attending the 9:00 and 11:00 classes. In this instance, you and your professor will need to agree on a different time to take the exam.
SLU has campus Testing Centers, which are available for you to take an exam as long as your professor agrees to this arrangement. You need to schedule tests in the Testing Center by completing and submitting forms by designated deadlines. Since your professor will have to provide information on the scheduling form as well, you will need to coordinate the scheduling process with your instructor by communicating with him or her before submission to the Testing Center. The scheduling process will be discussed in detail during the accommodation registration process.
For more information on testing in the Testing Centers, please speak with Disability Services and review Testing Center information found elsewhere within the Disability Services webpage.
First off, these accommodations will have to be approved for you by the Manager of Disability Services. We will have to determine the fairness of the request by speaking with you and assessing your situation.
If any of these accommodations are approved, you may be asked to work with your professor to see how to best provide these accommodations for the test in the specific class.
One way to receive the accommodation is to work with the staff in Disability Services and to have someone associated with the Disability Services office provide the accommodation. The staff member will gladly assist you with writing and reading the exam as necessary or by providing access to a computer as necessary. If approved for computer testing, you will take the test in one of the testing centers with a computer that does not have access to the Internet.
If you are approved for this accommodation, two common different options are available to you. First, you may ask a fellow classmate (friend, lab partner, etc.) to take notes for you while in the class.
Your second option is to speak with your professor about your need for a note-taker. Once you speak with your professor, he or she should be familiar with the process and not need a detailed explanation from you. The professor should make an anonymous announcement prior to a class and request a student to volunteer a copy of their notes. It is always best if the professor makes the announcement at the beginning and at the end of a class. Hopefully a student will be willing to volunteer and will speak to the professor after class.
When someone does stop forward, you will need to decide if you want the student to give the notes to the professor who then gives them to you (for anonymity sake) or if you will introduce yourself to the volunteer student (which most students do). If you introduce yourself to the student, the two of you will need to decide how to get the notes (borrow notebook from student and return later, find a copy machine such as the one available in the Student Success Center or some other method).
The first two or three times you receive notes from a student, it is highly recommended that you show these notes to your professor to make sure that the notes are an accurate depiction of the important class material. If the professor does not feel the notes contain enough critical material, you will need to work with your professor on doing something different, such as find a new note-taker.
This accommodation can be discussed in greater detail by speaking with Disability Services staff.
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 Manager of 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 staff 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 appropriate Disabilities Services staff and discussed with the course instructor by no later than 2 - 3 weeks into the semester in question.
To have books in an alternative format, usually audio, is to have a copy of the textbook for your class and numerous audio CDs or mp3 files that contain readings of the textbook information. Think of the audio books on CD that are available at most book stores. Another option may be to provide you course readings in an enlarged format or in a format that is compatible with assistive technology software that you have on your computer. Alternative format needs can be discussed with you in detail at the time of registration or at any point thereafter. The remaining information for this question focuses on audio books.
In order to obtain this accommodation, you will need to speak with Disability Services about this request. First, Disability Services staff will need to make sure that you are eligible for this accommodation based on your documentation and based on questions you will be asked. Upon approval of this accommodation, it may take 4 - 6 weeks before you will receive any audio files given the often extensive process involving in providing this accommodation. Thus, timing of your request will greatly impact when you will receive audio files for the semester. Students are encouraged to speak with Disability Services as early as possibly, including well before the semester begins, in order to receive this accommodation in a timely manner.
More information on this process can be found in the Alternate Format Materials link within the Disability Services website information.
Disability Services makes a courteous effort to provide students with reasonable technology devices that will assist a student in the classroom and while studying.
Devices that are generally available to be borrowed include tape recorders to be used for class lectures, CD players to be used for CDs, and FM loop devices to be used for people with hearing difficulties. Because technology is always rapidly changing, other devices will be considered upon request in a case-by-case fashion and may be purchased if the device in question is deemed to be the most reasonable way to provide the accommodation. Disability Services will not purchase computers for students to have for personal use during the course of the semester.
You are welcome to purchase any necessary technology devices on your own. The advantage of this method is that you will have the device if you need it after the semester ends and you will not need to arrange picking the device up and dropping it off with Disability Services at the beginning and end of each semester.
If you wish to borrow a device from Disability Services, you will need to speak with a staff member. You will sign a form that states you agree to keep the device in good condition and that you will return the device by no later than the last day of the Final Exam period. You are welcome to return at the beginning of the next semester to borrow the device again, but failure to return the device on time may result in you not being able to borrow the device for the following semester. In addition, a hold will be placed on your student account at the conclusion of the semester if all materials have not been returned.
If you are borrowing books in audio, please note that a special CD player is needed to access some of the CD files. This CD player can be loaned to you from Disability Services for the duration of the semester without charge.
Based on the documented level of hearing loss, some accommodations may be available beyond the standard ones, such as interpreters, transcribed notes, and computer real-time translation. If you want more information on any of these accommodations, please contact the Manager of Disabilities Services. Policies and procedures regarding theses accommodations can be explained or provided to you.
Beyond the CD players, tape recorders, and FM systems mentioned in a previous question, Disability Services can currently provide access to the software programs ZoomText and JAWS. A closed-circuit television is also available for use. Other reasonable technology may be considered on a case-by-case basis. For more details, please speak with Disability Services staff.