Eastern Michigan University

Approved Accommodations Requiring Timely Implementation

These accommodations are basic environmental adjustments that must be coordinated in most instances upon student request so long as the student has followed the reasonable and appropriate policies and procedures required to coordinate the accommodations as established by the DRC, the CATE Lab Testing Center, the academic department and the academic course in question. Instructor and others uphold the EMU's commitment to equal access by coordinating these accommodations as appropriate.

Test-Taking Accommodations:

50% or 100% additional time on traditional tests

Instructors may choose to proctor the exam personally, within the resources of the course department, or by referral to the CATE Lab Testing Center in the Porter Building.

This accommodation refers to traditional pencil-paper assessments. Timed, hands-on, practical, and/or lab-based tests do not necessarily warrant additional time and should be evaluated on an individual basis based on the purpose of the test. Discussion early in the semester, well prior to these tests, is required. The student and instructor should ideally agree upon the accommodated exam location. If disagreement exists, the student should contact the DRC for assessment of the situation.

The DRC and the CATE Lab Testing Center respects that the testing activity is ultimately between the student and the instructor. However, it is not appropriate for the instructor to propose to/sway the student to try the exam initially without accommodations by taking a wait-and-see approach. As long as this accommodation is reasonable, it must be provided at the first practical opportunity following the student's request.

When the CATE Lab Testing Center is to be utilized, students are responsible for providing instructors with a CATE testing form to be signed, which the student then delivers to the CATE Lab Testing Center. This form must be on file at CATE five business days prior to the exam. The CATE Lab Testing Center will contact instructors two days prior to a scheduled exam with further instructions.

Please note that all tests taken at CATE are limited to 3 hours, no matter the length of the class. Specific testing dates are required for exams to be administered at CATE. If the dates of course exams are not known or if scheduled exam times are not within the CATE Lab Testing Center hours of operation, the exam accommodations should be made within the department or adjustments should be made to allow the CATE Lab Testing Center to be a viable resource. For questions about the CATE referral process, please contact Jenny Clark at 487-1419 or by email at jclark1@emich.edu or catelab120@yahoo.com.

For courses that utilize EMUOnline to deliver exams, instructors can contact Extended Programs at 734.487.1081 or emuonline@emich.edu to assist with coordinating extended time for these exams.

Quiet location for testing

A more accurate assessment of the student’s exam performance is likely to occur when the student can test in an area without distractions. The course instructor should coordinate this accommodation personally, within the resources of the department, or by referral to the CATE Lab Testing Center.

This accommodation refers to traditional pencil-paper assessments. Timed, hands-on, practical, and/or lab-based tests do not necessarily warrant quiet location testing and should be evaluated on an individual basis based on the purpose of the test. Discussion early in the semester, well prior to these tests, is required.

Computer test reader

The student may request quizzes and exam questions to be read aloud, which is generally done through software at the CATE Lab.

Dragon Naturally Speaking as a test writing resource

The student may benefit from computer software that inputs text information into the computer (Dragon speech software), such as during essay exams. This technology is available at the CATE Lab.

Use of computer to type essay exams

The student may benefit from using a computer to type essay exams in lieu of hand-writing responses. This accommodation can be coordinated in the CATE Lab or through mutual student/professor agreement.

Adaptive technology for exams or for course work (coordinated at the CATE Lab Testing Center)

The student may benefit from computer resources found at the CATE Lab Testing Center in the Porter Building. For exams or assignments where these resources are needed, please coordinate as necessary with the student and/or the CATE Lab Testing Center, which may include completing a CATE test referral form for the CATE Lab Testing Center.

Spelling and punctuation considerations on exams

The student may experience challenges using the mechanics of written expression (spelling, punctuation, and grammar) effectively. Therefore, it would be a reasonable accommodation to not penalize the student for errors in writing execution on exams unless mastery of those skills is the intention and purpose of the exam.

One resource that would benefit during the exam experience would be the use of a computer for spell checking and grammar checking purposes. This accommodation does not transfer to out-of-class assignments. For out-of-class work, the student is expected to take the time to proofread and to use other resources (computer, campus writing services, peer reviewers, etc.) to submit an assignment that meets the writing standards of the course.

 

Classroom Accommodations:

Notes or course notes

The purpose of this accommodation is to give the student access to course notes when personal and classroom variables challenge the ability to successfully attend, listen, participate and take notes simultaneously. This accommodation is not meant to substitute for course attendance and the student is expected to attend the class in order to receive the notes.

The ideal and recommended path to this accommodation is for the instructor to identify a student in the class who is willing to voluntarily share a copy of his/her notes with the student needing the accommodation. We ask that the instructor make an anonymous announcement for the note-taker either in class, by email or via the course webpage. Please do not mention the specific name of the student needing the notes. When an individual approaches the instructor about a willingness to assist, please connect the volunteer note-taker with the one who needs the notes. These two individuals can determine how to exchange them after each class.

The ideal note-taker attends the class on a very regular basis and hopefully has a history of successful academic performance. We realize that the instructor may not always know the note-taker when meeting with him or her. If the instructor does know of someone already in the class and wants to make a personal request, that is fine as well. The student who receives the notes may ask the instructor to review the content of the volunteer notes to make sure that it reasonably captures the content the instructor would expect on average. These notes need to be of typical quality, not extremely exceptional quality.

To fulfill the notes accommodation, the central question is "Are the notes provided a reasonable, average collection of important information discussed in class?" No collection of notes will have ALL critical elements (natural human error) so the accommodation is met as long as the notes provide an appropriate overview. Content does not equate to layout/style of notes. Students using the notes accommodation are encouraged to transfer copied/obtained notes into a format conducive for individual learning and cannot require that the notes be captured in a specific manner. The content is the focus. The DRC defers to the judgment of the course instructors, who have the right to review notes and to determine whether the content facilitates necessary course learning. In cases where adequate notes are not being taken, a new student may need to be identified.

The instructor or the student should contact the DRC if either party has concerns about the provision of this accommodation in a course.

Permission to record the course lecture

The purpose of this accommodation is to give students the opportunity to review course material in full when auditory processing is high and/or when efficient pen and paper note-taking is not practical. The student may present a number of different devices (digital tape recorder, Smart Pen, computer technology, etc.) for audio recording for instructor approval. Students must agree to use any recordings for individualized study purposes only. Any use beyond this is in violation of office expectations.

Recording is not a reasonable accommodation when course discussion is such that confidentiality is required of all students or when detailed discussion may involve the sharing of personal information that no student will capture via notes and/or be expected to know in full for future course work (tests or assignments).

Preferential seating

The student may benefit from sitting in the front or back of the class, near a door, or near a window. Upon request, please work with the student to secure optimum seating for the course.

Course handouts in an enlarged font

Student may require course handouts in a LIST FONT SIZE font. If you need assistance with this accommodation, please contact Jenny Clark, CATE Lab Coordinator at 734-487-1419 or by email at jclark1@emich.edu or catelab120@yahoo.com. You may also contact the DRC.

Course handouts in an electronic format

Student may require course handouts in an electronic format in order to use computer software to best access the material. If you need assistance with this accommodation, please contact Jenny Clark, CATE Lab Coordinator at 734-487-1419 or by email at jclark1@emich.edu or catelab120@yahoo.com. You may also contact the DRC.

Sign language or transcriptionist service provider will be present in the classroom

The purpose of this accommodation is to provide communication resources for a student with a hearing disability. To promote resource efficiency, please provide the service provider with any handouts given to all other students in the class. Unless the student or service provider requests otherwise, course instructors should conduct their class business as usual. Please speak with the student directly, as the service provider will facilitate communication off to the side. (Transcription service providers (CART) may request access to eCompanion via the student in order to provide the student with the best comprehensive service possible. In such cases, students are asked to send an email request and instructors must provide email permission for this access to occur.)

Use of service animal in the classroom

Please accommodate the student and the service animal by providing appropriate space within the class for both. The instructor should conduct class activities as usual.

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