Testing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Testing Accommodations for Undergraduate Students with Disabilities

These policies and procedures are used when tests are administered by Educational Services for Students (ESS) Testing Center staff. Faculty members have the option of proctoring the exam, with accommodations, within the department.

Accommodation Determination and Implementation Process

ESS Disability Resources staff determines testing accommodations on a case-by-case basis. Once the accommodations have been approved, students are given an accommodation memo to distribute electronically to their professors. The student is encouraged to discuss their approved testing accommodations with their professor to determine whether the exam will be proctored by an ESS Testing Center staff member, or by the professor within the department. If there are any questions regarding testing accommodations and their implementation, or if the student requires assistance with this conversation, ESS Disability Resources staff members are available by phone (216.368.5230) or by email (disability@case.edu).

Faculty Authorization Form

Undergraduate students requesting testing accommodations administered by the ESS Testing Center will ask each professor to complete a faculty authorization form that must be submitted at least five days prior to testing. This form establishes the agreement between ESS Testing Center and the professor to administer tests for their students.

ESS Disability Resources and ESS Testing Center insist that students taking tests in ESS uphold the University's Code of Ethics. All infractions will be immediately reported to the professor.

Test Reservations

After speaking with their professors, students make reservations through the Online Test Reservation System (http://students.case.edu/education/disability/testrequest.fbsx).

During the Summer 2017 semester, tests will be administered Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. - with the exception of final exams. Tests need to be booked at least one week prior to the day of testing. Students who do not make a test reservation in advance may forfeit their ability to take the test in ESS.

Tests

Tests may be delivered to the ESS Testing Center in the following ways:Test Paper Showing A Plus Grade

  • Dropped off by an instructor or TA to the ESS office, located in Sears 470
  • Emailed as attachments to exams@case.edu

Prior to each test, students are responsible for reminding their professors to coordinate the test administration with ESS Testing Center. The professor or TA must pick up the exams once completed. If for some reason this is not possible, please contact ESS Testing Center to make alternate arrangements. Tests are kept in a locked filing cabinet while in ESS.

If there are updates or corrections on exams either before or during the exam session, professors should send an email to exams@case.edu or contact Rachel Inman, ESS Testing Center Manager, at 216.368.5230.

Testing Accommodations for Graduate and Professional Students with Disabilities

Accommodation Determination and Implementation Process

The ESS Disability Resources staff determines testing accommodations on a case-by-case basis. Once testing accommodations have been approved, students will be given an accommodation memo to distribute to their professors which will indicate the required accommodation(s) or an identified departmental liaison will be notified, depending on the graduate or professional program.

The student is encouraged to discuss their approved testing accommodations with their professor to determine an appropriate location for accommodated testing. If there are any questions regarding testing accommodations and their implementation, or if the student requires assistance with this conversation, ESS Disability Resources staff members are available by email at disability@case.edu or by phone at 216.368.5230.

Test Reservations

Testing space will be made available to graduate and professional students who need accommodations primarily within their respective departments. . If the student requires assistance in securing an appropriate location for their exam, they should contact the ESS Testing Center Manager, Rachel Inman, at exams@case.edu or call 216.368.5230 at least five days in advance.

Guidelines for Providing Testing Accommodations

ESS Disability Resources specifies the type of testing accommodation based upon the documentation provided by the student. The most common testing accommodations may include extended time, separate testing space, or the use of a computer.

Some best practices for faculty members when providing appropriate testing accommodations are as follows:

  1. Meet with the student to discuss the student's individual needs for testing accommodations as listed in the student's accommodations memo. Maintain the student's confidentiality by discussing the accommodations with only the student and necessary support staff.
  2. Review the student's accommodation(s) memo to review the need for any possible equipment required to take the exam so that it can be prepared in advance.
  3. Choose a suitable testing area. Some students cannot take the test in the usual classroom setting; be sure to ask. If a faculty member feels they cannot meet the student's needs, please contact an ESS Testing Center staff member who can assist in locating an appropriate testing location. It is strongly recommended to contact ESS Testing Center at least five days prior to the scheduled exam.
  4. Identify the appropriate time for the student to take the test. It is preferred that students with testing accommodations test at the same time as their peers, but that is not always possible due to other course commitments. The student can work with you to determine if they would begin earlier, stay later, or schedule an alternative time in order to make use of their testing accommodations.
Referrals for Testing Accommodations

If a student requests testing or any other accommodation from the professor and does not provide an accommodations memo from ESS Disability Resources, the professor should refer that student to ESS Disability Resources. Professors are under no obligation to meet an accommodation request unless an official accommodations memo has been provided by ESS Disability Resources. Please remember that it is inappropriate for any faculty member to advise students against using their accommodations.

[Testing Accommodations Policy Revised Fall 2016]