Alternate Testing Policy

Disability Support Services (DSS) will coordinate testing accommodation arrangements for students with a documented disabilities who have been approved for this academic adjustment through DSS. The following procedure identifies the responsibilities of the student and DSS.

DSS proctoring is NOT required. You and your instructors can make your own arrangements, as long as the arrangements are acceptable to both parties. If you make alternate arrangements with an instructor and you do NOT feel that the arrangements will provide you with your approved academic adjustments, you must contact DSS prior to the test to discuss the issue.

Student Responsibilities:

  1. You must request your quarterly accommodations in a timely manner through the online system system myDSS.
  2. It is your responsibility to schedule your tests with DSS at least five school days in advance or as soon as you are notified. If advance notice is NOT provided, you may have to take the test in class without accommodations.
  3. You must schedule your testing appointment through myDSS. Please include date and time of the test, course title, and type of adjustments needed. You will only be allowed the adjustments that are listed on your approved plan.
  4. All tests scheduled in the DSS Office should be taken at the regularly scheduled class meeting time. You may be allowed to take the exam at a different time with approval from both the DSS Office and the instructor.
  5. You promise not to disclose any test information to other students in the class or ask them to disclose information to you if the test is taken at an alternate time.
  6. You must notify DSS as soon as possible if it is necessary to change or cancel accommodated testing arrangements.
  7. You agree to comply with the following testing rules:
    • You will arrive on-time for your scheduled testing appointment.
    • If you are going to be more than 15 minutes late, notify DSS. After 45-minutes, unless notification is given, the appointment will be marked as a ‘no show’/canceled, and your instructor will be notified.
    • No textbooks, notebooks, calculators, or notes allowed unless your instructor has given DSS written or verbal approval.
    • No children are allowed in the testing area.
    • No coats, purses, backpacks, book bags, cell phones, pagers, or smart watches allowed.
    • If a break is needed, you must first ask permission. A DSS staff member may accompany you on the break.
    • If you are caught cheating, your testing session will be terminated, you will be asked to leave, and your test will be returned to your instructor with an explanation as to why you were not allowed to complete it. Your instructor will determine the appropriate disciplinary action necessary in accordance with college policy.
  8. Students requesting placement exam accommodations should follow these student responsibilities, except for requesting accommodation letters to faculty. Please contact DSS directly if you need to discuss scheduling a placement exam.

DSS Responsibilities:

  1. DSS will approve and forward requested accommodation letters to you and your instructors outlining your testing adjustments. DSS will email faculty a copy of your accommodation letter containing a link to complete a testing contract.
  2. DSS will provide the accommodated testing arrangements you are qualified to receive when timely notice is given.
  3. DSS will maintain the highest possible level of academic integrity and follow the instructor's examination directions.
  4. DSS staff will return the exam to the instructor in a timely manner.