Key Definitions

Accommodations List

Accommodations are designed to provide equal access in environments which the disability limits. Please note that not all accommodations may be reasonable for a particular course or program. Contact the Center for Equal Access (the Center) for further inquiry about this matter.

The Center for Equal Access will facilitate any requests for auxiliary aids or external resources.

Consideration for absences - An accommodation that allows students to miss class without penalty if participation or in-class discussion is part of a course grade. Students must be allowed to make up points/graded work in an alternative format.

Access Assistant - A student worker who assists with basic classroom detail that requires some physical activity, such as in a laboratory.

Additional Instructions Written - Faculty to provide additional written instructions on papers and assignments

ASL Interpreter - Use of an American Sign Language Interpreter. The Center will facilitate this request and inform faculty ahead of time.

Audiobooks - Books in audio format. The Center will source for books in alternative formats.

Frequent breaks in class - Students will be able to take breaks as needed during class or an exam. Often this is due to emergent bathroom needs or need for physical mobility.

Use of a calculator - Use of a calculator in exams and/or class assignments.

Use of captioning services - Caption Services is an outside company that captions as a lecture or class is in session. The Center will work with faculty to provide remote captioning services as needed.

Closed Captioning - Text on screen of spoken words in produced video or media. The Center will assist in obtaining captioned videos and media.

Use of a computer - A student is allowed to use a computer during class whether it is discussion or lecture to take notes. Students can be held accountable if they are not using their computer appropriately. Additionally, a student may use a computer to complete an exam.

Use of a computer for essay exam - Use of a computer to type answers to essay questions.

Descriptive services for media - Any video or media that includes non-verbal or visual cues must contain descriptive video. The Center will facilitate the process to create descriptive video, if the media does not include this feature.

Distraction free environment for testing - An accommodation that allows students to test in an environment free from distractions.

Distraction reduced environment for testing - An accommodation that allows students to test in an environment that limits distractions.

Use of a digital recorder in class - Students would use device to record lecture, speakers, etc. Class discussions sensitive or confidential in nature can restrict the use of a digital recorder.

Use of digital books - A book in electronic format. The Center will source for the digital book.

Use of earplugs - Use of earplugs in classroom setting. 

Electronic handouts - Any handouts should be given via email or the Learning Management System. The Center can help facilitate any handouts that are not accessible or electronic.

Consideration for e-submission - Students are allowed to submit work via email or Learning Management System.

Exam Extension - Students may postpone exams due to circumstances related to their disability. This process must be completed prior to the exam commencing or in consultation with The Center for Equal Access.

Extended time (out of class) - An accommodation which allows students an extended period to complete work. Students with this accommodation must communicate with their faculty if they plan to use this accommodation ahead of time and provide a reasonable time frame to complete their work.

Extended Time by 3 Days - Students will have an time extension for out of class assignments by 3 days. Students with this accommodation must communicate with their faculty if they plan to use this accommodation ahead of time and provide a reasonable time frame to complete their work.

Use of a Fidget - A small handheld device to promote sensory simulation/destimulation and focus. May also reduce stress.

Use of an F/M system - An F/M system allows for students who are hard of hearing a mechanism to amplify the main speaker's voice and lessen extraneous noise. This is typically used in large lecture venues or a high population. The Center provides a student with this device and notifies/trains faculty who may need to use the device.

Font enlarged to 20 point - Font on any written or printed publication is enlarged to the specific font indicated.

Font enlarged to 40 point - Font on any written or printed publication is enlarged to the specific font indicated.

Consideration for group work - In the event a course assignment contains an element of working in groups and this group work is not tied to a learning outcome, a student can choose to work alone.

Food and beverage in class - A student is allowed food and beverage in class.

Foreign language substitution - The foreign language requirement is substituted with an alternative course selected by the chair of the Global, Cultural and Language Studies department.

Use of hand device/stress ball - Use of a device to maintain attention and stamina during a class or lecture.

Handouts on green paper - Handouts must be made on green paper. Paper may be ordered through the Center.

Use of headphones during exams - Use of noise canceling headphones (non plug-in type) during exams to cancel noise. No ear buds or electronic devices can be associated with the respective headphones.

Use of a mask in class - A student may wear a mask during class. Students issued this accommodation typically use a mask to protect from infection and illness.

Note-taker for lectures - A note-taker takes notes during lecture-based classes. The Center facilitates the process of finding note-takers; faculty may give recommendations.

Consideration for class participation - Students will be able to elect when they contribute to class discussion or participation; no unsolicited participation including reading aloud in class. Students can be asked to participate on a specific day with advanced notice.

Presentations in alternative formats - Presentations may be given in alternative formats, including video presentation or alternative assignment as designated by instructor.

Consideration for pronunciation - Consideration how a student may pronounce or speak; particularly with regard to foreign language. Students may be asked to describe the technique to pronounce, important aspects of the pronunciation or other key indicators that mastery has occurred.

Priority registration - Students are allowed to register prior to the official registration week. The Center facilitates this process.

Priority Clinical Placement - Student will receive priority placement for any placements, field, clinical or otherwise.

Reader - A person or assistive technology with text-to speech software is administered during an exam. The Center will facilitate this process.

No Scantron - Students will not use Scantron bubble sheets during exams. Rather, complete the exam on the original exam unless instructor indicates.

Scribe - A testing proctor writes as a student dictates the answers on an exam. This will be completed through the Testing Center.

Use of a service animal - A service animal is a dog specifically trained to provide a function or task. It is not a pet. Please see the Service Animal policy.

Sighted guide - A trained student who assists a student with a visual impairment with orientation to the room, physical space, visual details, etc.

Sunglasses in class - The ability to wear sunglasses during class.

Use of a SmartPen - Use of Livescribe SmartPen by which a student is able to record lecture while taking notes. Lecture and notes are synchronized and may be downloaded to a student's computer.

Use of Sonocent Note-Taking Software - Use of Sonocent's audio note-taking software in class to capture audio recording of lectures and combine with slides or written notes to assist with studying. This software requires use of a computer or a mobile device during class to record audio.

Consideration for spelling and grammar - Consideration for minor grammatical errors, spelling, misuse of homonyms without penalty. Faculty must use their discretion with this accommodation. Writing that does not convey the intended message to reader or is illegible is not part of this accommodation.

Consideration for tardiness - A student may not be penalized for arriving late for class. Students can be held accountable for disrupting class. Students who may have emergent or unexpected bathroom needs or have mobility limitations may be issued this accommodation.

Use of Testing Center - Use of Testing Center to take quizzes and exams.

Double time on exams - Additional time on exams or in-class timed assignments equal to the length of the scheduled exam time. Faculty who teach online are responsible for ensuring exams are established with the additional time. Courses on ground can utilize the Testing Center or campus site to facilitate the accommodation.

Time and one half for exams and in class assignments - Additional time on exams or in-class timed assignments equal to the length of half the scheduled exam time. Faculty who teach online are responsible for ensuring exams are established with the additional time. Courses on ground can utilize the Testing Center or campus site to facilitate the accommodation.

Time and one half for communication/presentations - 50% additional time during oral communication presentations.

Recall Handout - Use of a approved handout for an exam.   The recall handout would be a list of vocabulary words, theories by name, equations, etc. for use during an exam. The handout would be no more than 1/2 sheet of letter paper, one sided. This 1/2 sheet of paper and approved by faculty at minimum 2 business days in advance. We would scan it and send it to you to approve. The Testing Proctor would then cross reference it prior to the exam to ensure no additions were made.

Administration of Paper Exam - Faculty would allow for exam to be administered in a paper format.  

Written notice of exam date and syllabus changes - Faculty will provide a written notice of changes to exam dates or other information on the syllabus

Use of Scratch Paper - Student is permitted to use a blank scratch paper or white board during exams. Scratch paper or white board will be returned to the testing proctor after the exam is completed.

Repeat Questions and Answers - Instructor will repeat questions and answers put forth by students in the classroom during lecture.