Academic accommodations are determined during our interactive process and are granted on an individual analysis of the student's circumstances. The accommodations described below are not guaranteed, and this does not represent an inclusive list. It is the student's responsibility to inform their instructors of their accommodations to ensure their appropriate implementation.
Students may be granted additional time for all exams and in-class quizzes. Extended time is typically approved in increments of either one and one half or double the allotted time and ensures that a student’s performance is reflective of his/her mastery of material rather than the speed at which a student performs.
Certain skills-based tests are meant to mimic the real-life experience. Therefore, it may not be reasonable to have extended time during skills-based tests (eg., labs, practicals, clinicals).
If granted, a “distraction-limited environment” testing space can be provided at the AS testing rooms or at the Testing Centers at the different campuses. This accommodation does not guarantee a “distraction free” testing space, but rather a quieter space where students have fewer distractions, thus better able to maintain focus.
Readers for Exams
Some students with disabilities may need tests read to them. AS provides computer software programs that can “read” the exam aloud to a student. If necessary, this must be scheduled at least 5 business days in advance.
Classroom Environment Accommodations
While reasons for accessible seating vary widely, AS staff can assist with this in addition to any modifications to classroom furniture, which may be necessary due to a disability.
Classroom Breaks or Moving About in Class
For some students with disabilities, sitting for long periods of time can exacerbate symptoms of the disability. Similarly, some students may need to leave class for brief periods to attend to medications or other medical needs. This accommodation allows the student to move around or leave class in the least disruptive manner possible.
Assistive Technology and Auxiliary Accommodations
Use of a Computer for In-Class Writing
Some students with disabilities may need to use their computer for in class writing and note-taking. Using a computer allows these students the opportunity to avoid physical fatigue and/or to provide legible, better-organized writing. If granted, students may use a computer in class with the understanding that internet searching, playing games, and/or using social media is not allowed unless instructed by the instructor.
Use of Spell Check
This accommodation allows students to use a dictionary or spell check device so that they will not be penalized for basic spelling and grammar errors when they are otherwise able to provide accurate responses to the questions be asked.
Digitally Record Class Lectures
Recording class materials is allowed when the student provides notification of the accommodation to the instructor. The student must provide his/her own recording device and may discuss with the instructor the best placement of the recording device. To protect the privacy of others, instructors have the right to request that students turn off any recording if the discussion involves the sharing of personal information.
American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters
The role of the Sign Language Interpreter within the postsecondary setting is to facilitate communication between (D)deaf/Hard of Hearing and hearing individuals throughout the educational environment, both academic and extracurricular.
As an accommodation, the following are suggestions regarding how to acquire a copy of course notes or obtain lecture information.
- Students may ask a fellow classmate for a copy of his/her notes directly. Students may share notes by making photocopies or by exchanging notes electronically.
- Students may use a smart pen, recording device, or note-taking software. AS provides training on technology that will assist students with note-taking in the classroom.
Advance Access to Course Materials
Students with disabilities may request that an instructor make course materials (ex., overheads, Power Point slides, checklists, study guides, etc.) available for review. Instructors are not required to create new materials. Instead, instructors might post the materials on D2L for all students, email, make copies of the materials and distribute these copies to students or allow a student to review the PowerPoint slides during office hours. Students should work with their instructor(s) to determine an appropriate time frame for viewing materials.
*Students are responsible for discussing their accommodations with their instructors.
All students are responsible for attending class and responsible for their learning. Instructors are expected to provide students information regarding attendance policies and practices.
Some students may be approved for a modified attendance accommodation due to the episodic nature, chronic level or on-going specialized treatment of a medical condition or disability that may hinder their ability to regularly attend class.
Examples: chronic illnesses, mental health, migraines, diabetes, epilepsy, medicinal side effects, to name a few.
AS Specialists determine the reasonableness of this accommodation through an interactive process in addition to documentation provided by the student.
ADA regulates that all approved accommodations should be provided unless it fundamentally alters the nature or is proven to be an essential element of the course.
Student & Instructor Responsibilities
*The method and timing of notification of absences and making up any materials, exams, assignments missed should be agreed upon.
*Students are responsible for advocating for assistance to obtain missed course content, lecture material or notes presented that day. Student must arrange how they will obtain this information w/ the instructor.
*Students may be required to submit documentation of non-disability related absences as per the syllabus requirements.
Extension Dates for Assignments
Extended time for assignment submission is a reasonable accommodation in situations where a student's disability or medical situation creates an unexpected circumstance that poses a challenge to completing assignments on time.
Generally, a one week extension for assignment completion is reasonable. However, timelines should be considered on an individual and circumstantial basis. The request must be disability-related.
This accommodation is reasonable when:
1) An assignment was not listed on the syllabus or LMS and is given to students one week or less to complete.
2) The deadline is listed on the syllabus but the student has not been provided the necessary information (lectures, presentations) to complete the assignment.
3) An unexpected disability-related circumstance interferes with the ability to complete the assignment on time (i.e., disability-related absences).
*Communicate w/AS for further assistance regarding the implementation of any student accommodations (719.502.3333)