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Learning Plus Final Exam Guidelines
Submitted by Patricia O'Donovan
General information about exam accommodations
Test accommodations for eligible students 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 by one of the two disability service providers on campus:
– Lynne Golden, the Director of Learning Plus, for students who have learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, autism spectrum disorders, or acquired brain injuries (LD/ADHD/ASD/ABI).
Auerbach 209 860.768.4312 or 860.768.4522
– Suzanne Anderson McNeil, Assistant Vice President for Student Health and Wellness, for students who have chronic medical issues, blindness, deafness, or psychological diagnoses.
GSU 307 860.768.5129 or 860.768.4260
Most students, regardless of disability, take exams that require special accommodations at Learning Plus (Auerbach 209, 860.768.4312).
Academic integrity is expected!
If there is a suspicion of academic impropriety, the student will be required to relinquish the FINAL EXAM to the Learning Plus administrator at once, and will be dismissed from the test site. The professor will determine the academic consequences of the student's action. A student who compromises the integrity of an exam may be required to hire a University approved proctor for future exams/tests.
Possible Exam Accommodations
The purpose of test accommodations is to mitigate the functional limitations of the student's disability (ies). The goal is to ascertain the student's knowledge of the subject matter rather than the limitations posed by the disability. The following is a list of possible test accommodations: extended time (1.5x or 2x); test environment with minimal distractions; separate test site; access to a computer that cannot access the Internet; use of a calculator when appropriate; spelling waived if appropriate; a reader; a scribe; frequent test breaks if appropriate; permission to take no more than one final exam per day. Students are not automatically eligible for all of the possible accommodations.
Learning Plus HOURS for Final Exams
Overview of testing hours
Learning Plus exam administration times do not mirror standard exam administration times because students who are eligible for extended time require a schedule that permits additional time.
– Students who are eligible for 1.5x will have 3 hours in which to complete their exams; students who are eligible for 2x will have 4 hours in which to complete their exams.
– Students who are eligible for extended time may not have unlimited time. The appropriate amount of extended time is indicated both on the students' Letters of Disclosure and the Green Sheets.
– Students are required to take their exams on the same day and at approximately the same time as the standard exams.
* Please note: a student who completes an exam prior to the standard start-time of an exam will be required to remain at Learning Plus until 5 minutes after the standard exam has begun unless the professor provides written permission ON THE GREEN SHEET to dismiss a student earlier.
– Late arrival policy: If the student is late in arriving at the Learning Plus test site, the number of minutes tardy will be deducted from the total time allowable. A student who is more than 10 minutes late will not be permitted to take the exam at Learning Plus. If this situation occurs, Learning Plus will contact the professor immediately. The instructor will determine whether or not the student may "make up" the exam. It then becomes the instructor's responsibility to administer the "make up" exam to the student.
– Make up exam policy: Learning Plus will NOT administer "make up" exams unless the University is closed due to inclement weather on an exam day. In that case, Learning Plus will administer exams on the University designated "make up" day.
– Policy for requests to take exams at times or days other than the University's determined schedule for standard Final Exams: REQUESTS WILL BE DENIED if the request is based on travel, vacation, or convenience. Exam accommodations are provided to mitigate the impact of disabilities, not to facilitate personal choices.
The Procedure for Taking Exams with Accommodations at Learning Plus
The STUDENT'S responsibilities:
1. Submit a Letter of Disclosure to the professor at the beginning of the semester. Exam accommodations are listed on the document.
2. Make a reservation with a Learning Plus Administrator 1+ weeks prior to the exam. The last date to make a reservation is Monday, 12/07.
3. Submit a Green Sheet to the professor no later than Monday, 12/07. Be sure to fill out the top ½ of the form completely.
4. Arrive at Learning Plus on time for the exam.
5. If you are permitted to use charts, notes, textbooks, or special graphing calculators for reference during the exam, bring the necessary materials. NOTE: the professor must record on the Green Sheet if you are eligible to use any aids. If the professor does not give written permission for use of auxillary materials, you will not be permitted to bring them with you to your assigned test space.
6. Store back-pack, cell-phone, jacket, hat, purse, beeper/pager, personal listening device, books, notes, or snacks in the reception area of L+.
7. Follow the tenets of academic integrity.
8. Review your accommodations on the Green Sheet with the Learning Plus proctor at the start of the exam session.
9. At the conclusion of the allotted time or upon completion of the exam, turn in the test along with any/all materials used to take the exam including prewrites, scrap paper, calculations, answer sheets, Blue Books, graphs, charts, maps, scantron sheets.
10. Exit the test site quietly and promptly.
The PROFESSOR'S responsibilities:
1. Review the test accommodations with the student.
2. Complete the Green Sheet and attach it to the exam. Be sure to include the following information:
a. your cell-phone number in case a problem or question arises during a test. Your phone number will not be shared with the student. Instead, a member of the staff will call you and then hand the phone to the student. If you do not have a cell-phone, please make another arrangement so that you can be reached.
b. written instructions giving permission for the use of notes or other materials during the exam if students who are taking the standard exam are permitted to use notes or other materials.
Please note: students will not have Internet access and therefore will not have access to BlackBoard, websites, or email accounts.
3. Deliver the FINAL EXAM with the completed Green Sheet to A209 at least 48 hours in advance of the Learning Plus scheduled exam.
4. Deliver all related test materials with the exam e.g. Blue Books, graphs, charts, maps, scantron sheets, articles, reading assignments, or other materials
5. Retrieve the exam from Learning Plus in a timely fashion.
Office hours: M-F -- 8:45am - 6:15pm; Saturday 8:45am
Completed exams remaining at Learning Plus at the close of the business day on Saturday, 12/19, will be delivered to Public Safety and will need to be retrieved there.