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Florida State University

Accommodations

Listed below are some of the most common accommodations faculty will see on an accommodations letter. The header text is the official description of the accommodation in question. The text after that explains what it means, how and when it applies, and any limitations. If you do not see the accommodation you have questions about listed here, please email the SDRC (sdrc@fsu.edu) or call (850–644–9566).


50% Extended Time on Exams, Quizzes and Tests

Extended time ensures that the student’s performance is reflective of the student’s mastery of material rather than the speed at which a student performs. This accommodation does not apply to take–home exams. Extended time does apply to all quizzes, tests and exams administered via Blackboard in which a timer is being used.


100% Extended Time on Exams, Quizzes and Tests

Extended time ensures that the student’s performance is reflective of the student’s mastery of material rather than the speed at which a student performs. This accommodation does not apply to take–home exams. Extended time does apply to all quizzes, tests and exams administered via Blackboard in which a timer is being used.


Reduced Distraction Testing Environment (not a separate room)

Faculty have two options when providing testing accommodations to students. If all of the students testing accommodations can be provided within the Department then faculty are welcome to test students within the department. If a faculty member is unable to provide all of a student’s testing accommodations within the department then the student will need to test at the SDRC Testing Center. Acceptable reduced distraction testing environments include a classroom with a minimal number of other students taking an exam for the size of the space provided, a study room, a library space, a conference room, or an instructor’s office. If you would like to utilize a different type of testing space please check with the SDRC prior to administering the exam to ensure that the space will qualify as reduced distraction.


Separate room

Students has the option of testing in a private room (with a proctor present or a proctor in visual contact at all times).


Permission to record classes/lectures using a digital recording device (eg., Livescribe Smart Pen, digital recorder, etc.)

Students must bring the faculty member an “Agreement to Record Lectures as an Approved Accommodation” form (ref. Appendix E – Agreement to Record Lectures) With this form the student is agreeing that: the contents of the course are the property of the professor; the recording will be used solely for access to the course; the contents will be used for this course only and for the current semester only; they will not share the recording in part or whole with any other person; and the student will use the recording for the course and then delete all recorded lectures at the end of the semester or upon dropping the course.


Consideration with regard to due dates/extensions on assignments

In special situations a student’s disability-related symptoms are variable and may increase during the course of the semester making extra time to complete class assignments necessary. When a student has a disability with unpredictable or cyclical acute episodes, an accommodation to flex due dates/deadlines may be appropriate. Work, travel, or other extracurricular activities are not valid reasons for changing the deadlines of assignments. The student will need to meet with you as early in the semester as possible to determine the limits under which flexibility in due dates/deadlines might be granted (e.g., how long of an extension may be granted on an assignment). After this meeting, it is the student’s responsibility to email you and the assigned disability specialist a summary of the agreed upon limits. Please note that agreed upon deadline extensions are considered binding; the student may not request ongoing extensions on a given assignment and must complete the assignment by the agreed upon date.


Scribe

With the assistance of a scribe, the student’s answers to an exam/test/quiz question will be written down verbatim, without grammatical assistance. This may be handwritten or typed into a computer, depending on the nature of the test and the nature of the student’s disability.


Use of Computer for Essay Exam

With the use of assistive technology to record answers to a test/exam/quiz, this adjustment does not give the student permission to use computer programs such as grammar check or spell check to complete exams/quizzes/tests, unless the student has been granted prior written permission for the student to utilize such programs. The SDRC will arrange for a testing scribe and or the appropriate assistive technology when the student provides the required five business day prior notice (sdrc@fsu.edu).

No Scantrons

This allows for the ability to write multiple choice exams directly on the test. If Scantron forms are required, a proctor can complete the form, but the copy of the exam must remain with the Scantron to verify that it was correctly completed.


Use of basic (4–function) calculator

The core elements of the exam must not be measuring basic math computation. Calculators that are programmable or that have memory storage will not be permitted without the approval of the instructor.


Note–taking assistance

In order to receive this accommodation, students must be present for class and be attentive. In rare instances the student may have an accommodation to receive notes when not present for class.

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