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Frequently Asked Questions

Student Accessibility Questions:

How do I know if one of my students qualifies for accommodations?
Students who are registered with the AAAC will be given an Accommodations Request Form to have signed by the primary instructor for each class they are enrolled in. Within the first few weeks of class, students should discuss with you whether you plan to provide testing accommodations throughout the semester or if you prefer to have the AAAC make those arrangements.
Are students required to identify their disabilites or provide copies of disability documentation to faculty/staff?
Students are not required to disclose the nature of their disabilities or provide faculty and staff with copies of their disability documentation. Students requesting accommodations are only required to provide a signed form from Student Access Services stating that they have a documented disability on file at SAS.
Is it required to provide the requested accessibility accommodations?
Faculty and other teaching staff have a legal responsibility to provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations for qualified students with disabilities, and it is prudent to consider accommodating the student in the manner requested. However, there may be effective alternatives. By clearly defining the essential elements of each course, e.g., meeting requested deadlines for course reading lists to insure that SAS has adequate time to complete alternative print formatting and working closely with the students and SAS, the appropriateness of the requested accommodation will become clear or can be negotiated. If the essential course elements are not clearly defined, inconsistencies in standards may occur which could open the door to litigation.
NOTE: The laws that protect the rights of individuals with disabilities also protect the standards of the institution. Having a disability does not preclude a student from meeting the essential course elements or from following the established policies and procedures.

Accommodated Testing Questions:

How do I make arrangements for students to receive accommodations on exams?
Instructors always have the option of making their own arrangements to provide reduced distraction, extended time, and readers or scribes for students registered with the AAAC. However, Testing Services exists to make your job easier by providing these accommodations to students. Students are responsible for notifying the AAAC of exam dates with at least five business days' notice (ten for final exams). The AAAC Testing Coordinator will contact you with the details of the exam appointment and to request a copy of the exam.
How do I deliver an exam to the AAAC? How will it be returned to me?
Exams can be delivered to the AAAC via email or by dropping off the appropriate number of copies to our main office in 22 Strong Hall. We ask instructors to never send exams via campus mail and we also provide the option of receiving faxed exams. Completed exams can be picked up from the main office or delivered to an office on campus where the exam can be signed for upon receipt. Please provide specific instructions for pick-up or delivery when providing the exam to the AAAC.
How does the AAAC protect these integrity and security?
AAAC Testing Services aims to duplicate the testing conditions the instructor would provide in the normal classroom. All exams administered by the AAAC are proctored by a full-time staff member or well-trained student aide, are administered at the same time that the in-class test is given, and follow all faculty-provided instructions.
What if my student has a question while they are taking an exam in the Testing Center?
We are happy to work with instructors to find solutions to this problem. Some instructors make themselves available via email or text during the exam, while others will stop by or send a GTA to the Testing Center after the in-class exam is complete. Please let us know which of these options is most convenient to you.

General Academic Questions:

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New to Access Online? Need the quick-start on requesting accommodations? View our step-by-step guide (.pdf) or visit our video tutorials page!


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