Alternative Testing Accommodations

Campus Accessibly Services (CAS) provides alternative test accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Students planning to access test accommodations are responsible for meeting with CAS staff each semester to generate a Letter of Academic Accommodations for their professors. Students have the right and responsibility to decide whether or not to use support services and accommodations.

Please note:

  • Tests should only be delivered to CAS for students who have scheduled an exam with CAS. CAS will email a PDF form to be filled out by the faculty member.
  • Campus Accessibility Services is not a testing center; students should not be sent here to finish exams or to be proctored.

Documentation

  • All disability documentation is kept on file in the Campus Accessibility Services office.
  • Instructors should not ask for, or accept, documentation of a student’s disability.

Letters of Academic Accommodations

  • Letters of Academic Accommodations are for informational purposes only.
  • Accommodations are implemented at the request of the student.
  • Faculty should not provide accommodations to any student who has not given them a Letter of Academic Accommodations.
  • Students can request Letters of Academic Accommodations at any time during the semester. It is important to note that accommodations are never retroactive.

Student Responsibilities

  • Students are responsible for requesting and scheduling each exam they want to take in CAS.
  • A request to take an exam in CAS must be made at least one full week prior to the exam date, as stated in the Academic Catalog. Finals must be scheduled by the Monday prior to the start of finals week.
  • Once the request is made, an Alternative Test Request form will be generated and CAS staff will email the request to the instructor.
  • Please be aware that if a student arrives more than 15 minutes late to CAS for an exam, he or she will be asked to confirm the late start time with their instructor.

Alternative Testing Request Form

  • Special Test Instructions
  • There is space on the Alternative Test Request form for special test instructions (open notes, calculator, note/formula card, open book, on-line access, etc). Please write any special instructions in this section of the form.
  • Students are not allowed to take anything other than exam and pen/pencil into the testing room unless specified by the instructor.
  • Exam Delivery/Return
  • Faculty should indicate exam delivery and return instructions by checking the preferred method on the form. If a return option is not indicated, CAS will scan and email the exam to the faculty member.
  • Emailing Exams
  • Exams should be emailed to dso.testing@plymouth.edu. This email is only accessible to CAS professional staff.
  • Please do not send exams to individual staff member’s email addresses. We discourage the use of campus mail for the delivery of exams, as they may not arrive on time.

Exam Delivery at Least 24 Hours in Advance

Exams must be delivered to CAS at least 24 hours in advance. Monday exams must arrive by noon on Friday.

Proctoring of Exams

  • Students taking exams in CAS are monitored at all times by a professional staff member.
  • The use of electronic devices, listening to music, and internet access are prohibited in the testing area.
  • Cell phones and backpacks are locked in a CAS staff member’s office during exams.

The student is Here, Exam is not

If a student arrives to take an exam that has not been delivered as indicated on the test form, CAS will attempt to contact the instructor or department administrative assistant. If an immediate response is not available, the student will be asked to walk to class to pick up the exam. If the exam is for an alternate time/day, the student will be asked to contact his or her instructor to reschedule.

Extended Exam Time and Scheduling of Exams

  • Extended time for a testing accommodation is double the scheduled class time.
  • Occasionally, the time of a test is adjusted because of the student’s schedule to allow for extended time. This will be noted on the Alternative Testing Request form.
  • CAS professional staff are available Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30pm. Exams will be scheduled such that they are completed before 4:30pm. (The only exception being finals weeks)
  • CAS does not have the ability to extend time for online exams. This must be implemented by, and is the responsibility of, the instructor.

Faculty Providing Accommodations

Faculty have the option of providing accommodations for students that have given them a current Letter of Academic Accommodations. Instructors choosing to provide accommodations have the responsibility of ensuring the quality of the accommodations. The following guidelines must be followed: students are to be given extended time (not unlimited) and a distraction-reduced, separate environment. Open notes, books, etc, should be available to everyone in the class, if provided to students with disabilities.

Academic Integrity

Violations of the Academic Integrity Policy will result in immediate notification to the professor, department chair, and the Academic Advocate and Policy Support representative from Academic Affairs. Test security and integrity of the testing process is a very high priority in CAS. All blank exams and those completed exams being held for faculty pick-up are stored in a locked secure safe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the CAS at 535-3300.