Academic accommodations are provided to students with disabilities as a leveling strategy in the academic world. These compensatory techniques are designed to give students with disabilities a fair opportunity to learn and to demonstrate their knowledge. No two students are the same: two students with the same disability may not use the same accommodations, and two students using the same accommodations may have very different disabling conditions. Students may choose when to use an accommodation, based on their experience with their disability.
Some examples include:
Exam proctoring is available through the ODS if a student has special needs. If a student requires extended time on an exam, requires oral exams, or needs to use special equipment to complete an exam, arrangements can be made with the ODS to have the exam proctored in the ODS office. Faculty can use their discretion in making the decision between giving the exam through the ODS or making individual arrangements with the student. Students should contact the ODS staff at least one week prior to the exam to make those arrangements if the exam will be taken in the ODS.
Some students may require more frequent breaks during exams. These arrangements can be made individually between the student and the faculty member. If this will be overly disruptive to the rest of the class, arrangements can be made for either a separate time or to take the exam in the ODS office.
ODS does not recommend that faculty substitute take-home exams for regular classroom exams.
Faculty may forward the exam to the ODS by whatever means they feel most comfortable: hand delivery, email, or campus mail. Exams will be returned to the department in a sealed envelope with the signature of an ODS staff person on the seal.
Exam Rules and Regulations:
Students should keep in mind that this policy only applies to exams created and given by CSU faculty and staff. Exams administered by other organizations, such as professional and licensing exams, have their own policies and documentation requirements. Students should check with the administrator of any necessary exam (for example, Educational Testing Services, GMAT, MCAT, etc.) for more information.