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Information on Learning Plus Final Exams
Submitted by Patricia O'Donovan
Test accommodations for individuals who have disabilities are mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. They are determined on a case-by-case basis for students who have LD/ADHD/ASD by Lynne Golden, the Director of Learning Plus (L+), and for students who have other impairments including chronic medical issues, blindness, deafness, or psychological conditions by Susan Fitzgerald, the Vice President for Student Health and Wellness. Most exams that require special accommodations are administered at Learning Plus (A209, 860.768.4312).
Step 1: The student submits a Letter of Disclosure to the professor during the early part of the semester. The approved test accommodations are listed on the Letter of Disclosure.
Step 2: The student schedules a “reservation” to take the exam at L+ in person at A209. Reservations must be made well in advance. Note: Spring ’09 test reservations must be made no later than Wednesday, April 29th for FINALS that are scheduled on Wednesday, May 6th; reservations must be made no later than Tuesday, May 5th for all other FINAL EXAMS. Students who have not made reservations by May 5th may be denied permission to take their FINAL EXAMS at Learning Plus.
Step 3: The student must submit a completed Green Sheet to the professor no later than one week before the scheduled exam.
Step 4: The professor completes the bottom portion of the Green Sheet with specific instructions for test administration, eg: written notification that the student is allowed to use one page of notes; or that the FINAL EXAM is open-book; or that the student may use a scientific calculator. Please note: students will not have Internet access and therefore will not have access to Blackboard, any websites, or email accounts. The instructor is asked to include a phone number or another way to be contacted during the time that the exam is being administered in case a problem arises. Faculty members’ personal phone numbers will not be shared with students.
Step 5: The professor is responsible for bringing the FINAL EXAM with the Green Sheet and all related test materials (answer sheets, graph paper, etc) to Learning Plus (A209) at least one hour in advance of the exam’s administration. The instructor is asked to retrieve the completed exam within 24 hours. Any exams that remain at L+ after 6pm on Tuesday, May 12 will be delivered to Public Safety and must be retrieved there.
During spring '09 Final Exams, Learning Plus offices hours are 8:45am – 6:15pm Monday-Friday, and 9:45 am-4:00 pm, Saturday, May 9, 2009.
Although Learning Plus exam administration times do not mirror standard exam administration periods, students are required to take their exams on the same day and at approximately the same time as the standard exams. Students who are eligible for extended time may not have unlimited time. The amount of extended time that is permitted is indicated on the student’s Letter of Disclosure as well as on the Green Sheet. A student who is eligible for 1.5x will have 3 hours in which to complete the exam; a student who is eligible for 2x will have 4 hours in which to complete the exam. Please note: a student who completes an exam prior to the start-time of the standard exam will be required to remain at L+ until 5 minutes after the standard exam’s start-time unless the professor gives written permission to dismiss a student earlier.
Morning exams whose standard start-times are 8am or 11am will be administered at L+ promptly at 9am. Afternoon exams whose standard start times are 2pm, 4pm or 5pm will be administered at L+ promptly at 2pm. All Saturday exams will be administered promptly at 10am. Students taking evening exams must make special arrangements with their professors. A student who arrives more than 10 minutes late will not be permitted to enter the test site and therefore will not be allowed to take the exam at Learning Plus. If such a situation occurs, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the professor immediately: The instructor will determine whether or not the student may “make-up” the exam. Please note: Learning Plus does not administer “make up” exams.
Requests to take exams at times/days other than the University’s scheduled exams will be denied. Exam accommodations are provided to ameliorate the impact of disabilities, not to facilitate travel/vacation plans.
Academic integrity is expected. If there is a suspicion of academic impropriety, the student will be required to relinquish the FINAL EXAM to the L+ administrator at once, and will be dismissed from the test site. The professor will determine the consequence of the student’s action. A L+ student who compromises the integrity of an exam will be required to hire a University approved proctor for future exams/tests.