Faculty Resources for Student Accessibility Services
The Disability Services office services all students at all locations, as well as those who study online or through the self-paced program.
Faculty Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Why am I receiving an accommodation letter?
You are receiving an accommodation letter because the student in your class is registered with the Student Accessibility Services office and receives an accommodation(s). Please meet with the student privately to discuss each of the accommodations listed.
The student has an accommodation of "time-and-a-half" or "double time" when taking quizzes and/or exams. What should I do?
The “Gold Key” process will take place one week prior, and one week after, the start of each course. The Student Accessibility Services office will access your class and change the testing times according to their assigned accommodation.
It is the student’s responsibility to fill out the testing form on the Student Accommodation Manager (SAM) 48 hours prior to the test time. Once the test request has been approved by the Student Accessibility Services office, an email will automatically be sent to the instructor who will then have the opportunity to upload any needed exam.
Many students that have an extended testing time accommodation will also have need a quiet location during the test. Instructors should refer the student to the Student Accessibility Services office to have their test proctored. Students located at a center outside of our main campus in Fayette will need to make arrangements with the instructor or center staff. If the instructor would like to proctor the exam for the student in a private setting, that is accepted.
Does having additional test time also mean I have to allow the student additional time to complete the exam?
On the SAM form, you may specify the date and time in which the student must complete the exam. However, please be flexible with students that may have another class scheduled right before or after you class. They may need to take their exam at a different time in order to both attend class and receive additional test time.
The student has an accommodation of a "test reader." Do I personally need to read the test to the student?
No. Arrangements will be made for a reader for the student. However, please upload the exam to SAM as soon as possible. The Student Accessibility Services office staff will prepare the test for a reading program that allows the computer to read the exam to the student. It is very helpful for both our staff and students to have the exam ready to go when the student arrives for the exam.
The student’s accommodation letter states they need assistance with note-taking. What is my role in assisting the student with implementing this accommodation?
Students who have been granted assistance with note-taking should speak with their instructor to make arrangements. Many times the information the instructor puts on uiuLearn will suffice. However, if a student needs class notes, the instructor should confidentially assist in finding a volunteer to assist. The instructor, student, or the Student Accessibility Services Office can make sure copies are made. If a student volunteer cannot be located, the instructor should notify the Student Accessibility Services Office as soon as possible.
What do students need to do ahead of time to ensure they have their accommodations?
In order to ensure proper processing, the student must:
- Request accommodation letters for the upcoming session.
- Meet with each instructor to discuss their accommodations and make sure that each instructor received an accommodation letter from the Student Accessibility Services office.
- Sign up for special testing accommodation services (proctoring, test reader, etc.) a minimum of 48 hours in advance of their test date.
Who should I contact if I have questions or need help with the accommodation process?
Instructors should contact the Student Accessibility Services Office per the contact information on this webpage.