Students with disabilities are entitled by law to alternative testing arrangements that offer optimum testing conditions. The university's responsibility is to respond to a request for a test accommodation and to assure the measurement of a student's academic achievement, not the functional limitation caused by a student's disability. Faculty members may wish to handle their own accommodated testing. Primary consideration should be given to arranging a test so as to measure the student's acquired knowledge of the subject matter. To create a fair testing situation for students with disabilities you may need to consider supplying some or all of the following:
- an accessible test site
- special equipment (word processor, JAWS, etc.)
- readers or scribes
- large-print or braille copies of tests
- sufficient uninterrupted time
- quiet test environment (hallways and reception rooms are unacceptable for tests)
The Office of Disabled Student Development (DSD) is charged with reviewing relevant medical and psychometric materials in order to verify a disability that qualifies for accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Should a student approach you with a request for an accommodation (such as one listed above), indicate that you will be able to discuss that when the student has presented you with a letter from DSD.