Assessment (Testing) Accommodations

Overview

Assessment accommodations are determined on a class-by-class basis and are dependent upon the nature of each course and the method of assessment as it relates to the student's documented disability. Assessment accommodations may include but are not limited to:

  • Extended assessment time;
  • A reduced distraction environment or private room separate from the class for assessments;
  • Use of assistive technology such as a computer or speech-to-text software;
  • Breaks during the assessment.

If you have any questions, please contact your DSP, or Lara Smith, Assistant Accommodations Coordinator, at csdexams@uconn.edu or (860) 486-2020.

Students Receiving Testing Accommodations Information

Student Responsibilities

AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH SEMESTER: 
  • Request your accommodation letters from your Disability Service Professional (DSP) You will not be able to utilize your assessment accommodations if you do not request your accommodation letters first. To request your Accommodation Letters, log into MyAccess.
  • It is your responsibility to communicate with your Instructor/Teaching Assistant (TA) to discuss how the course is designed, how content will be delivered, how assessments will be administered, and how your approved assessment accommodations will be coordinated , whether in person, online, or in the hybrid environment. 
  • You should discuss your assessment accommodations and coordinate with your instructors at the start of the semester or as soon as your accommodations are approved 
  • Students should plan to use their approved accommodations when they take their assessments along with their class and/or instructor whenever possible.
  • If you need to schedule your assessment at the CSD, requests must be submitted at least 7 days in advance of the class exam date through MyAccess.
    BEFORE YOUR ASSESSMENTS: 
    • Be sure to communicate with your Instructor/Teaching Assistant (TA) about your assessment accommodations well in advance of an exam or quiz to allow ample time for coordination needs. 
    • If you need to schedule your assessment at the CSD you must schedule your test through your MyAccess account at least 7 days in advance of the class exam date. Please see the procedure for taking your exams at the CSD below. 
    • If you are taking your assessments remotely, designate a quiet space (whether at home or on campus) to do. Consider workspace, lighting, comfort, internet connection and noise level when setting up an area for testing.  Make sure to communicate with your family members or roommate so they know when you will be taking your online assessments. 
    • At the start of your exam, if you notice your extended time accommodation has not been applied, you should not begin the exam. Immediately contact both your instructor and your DSP to correct the error prior to beginning the exam.  UConn policy does not allow a student to stop and re-start an exam later because they have now seen the exam content. 
    IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING ONLINE ASSESSMENT PROCTORING: When you take an online assessment for a course, the session may be secured and/or proctored remotely.  Your Instructor/Teaching Assistant will provide necessary information prior to the assessment.  Please review the information below to help you better understand how remote proctoring works:    
    • Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within HuskyCT.  It prevents access to other applications during the assessment, including viewing class notes, searching the Internet, accessing email, using instant messaging or screen sharing. This brief video provides a simple explanation of how LockDown Browser works.
    • Respondus LockDown Browser with Monitor uses advanced Artificial Intelligence that records a testing session and presents thumbnail snapshots/snippets of a student to their instructor.  It monitors for and flags suspicious behavior that only your instructorcan review after you submit the assessment. LockDown Browser with Monitor provides instructors with simple, meaningful results that help them know whether an assessment session warrants deeper scrutiny. This brief video provides a simple explanation of how LockDown Browser with Monitor works.
    • Respondus LockDown Browser with Zoom 
    • ProctorU is a service that uses both Live Human Proctors as well as Automated Proctors. The launch is a bit different depending on which method your instructor chooses.  In either case, you will need to provide a picture ID as verification and have ProctorU downloaded to your computer.  Detailed instructions can be found here.
    OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION 

    Academic Integrity: When taking an assessment, you may be required to sign an Academic Integrity Statement. According to The Student Code, academic misconduct is dishonest or unethical academic behavior that includes, but is not limited to, misrepresenting mastery in an academic area (e.g., cheating), failing to properly credit information, research, or ideas to their rightful originators or representing such information, research, or ideas as your own (e.g., plagiarism).  

     

    Student Procedure for Scheduling Assessments at CSD

    Be sure to communicate with your Instructor/Teaching Assistant (TA) regarding your approved assessment accommodations well in advance of the assessment to determine if your instructor can provide your accommodation or if you will need to schedule your exams at the CSD so that there is ample time for coordination.

    Students with approved assessment accommodations who need to schedule their exam at the CSD must submit their exam scheduling requests through their MyAccess account https://myaccess.apps.sa.uconn.edu/ at least 7 days in advance of the class exam date. Late requests may not be guaranteed.

    The CSD is utilizing multiple testing locations. Check your assessment request in your MyAccess portal just prior to your exam time to ensure that you arrive at the correct location. 

    If you have any questions, please contact your DSP or Lara Smith, Assistant Accommodations Coordinator, at csdexams@uconn.edu or (860) 486-2020.

    Faculty Information

    Faculty Responsibilities

    Before Assessments:

    • Once you receive an email from the CSD regarding a student with approved accommodations in your course, please access your MyAccess account at: https://instructor-access.apps.sa.uconn.edu/.   Here you will see all your students, their approved accommodations, and their accommodation letters listing the approved accommodations and further information and guidance.
    • Collaborate with the student regarding assessment accommodations as soon as possible to determine if you are able to provide the accommodations or if the student should schedule their exams with the CSD.
    • All teaching professionals (including Teaching Assistants) associated with this course must be assigned to this course as an instructor in the Student Administration (PeopleSoft) system so they can access this accommodation letter in the instructor portal of MyAccess.

    Other Important Information:

    • Please bear in mind that any conversation with a student regarding accommodations should be conducted with discretion and in private. You should not make direct reference to a student’s disability or accommodations in class, in an email that includes other students, or in front of others.
    • Helpful links for instructors:

    Proctoring Options for Faculty

    Students that have exams scheduled Monday through Friday between 8am and 5pm may submit their scheduling requests through their MyAccess portal. Scheduling requests must be made at least 7 days in advance of the class exam date and proctoring space is limited at the center.

    In addition to services typically available to instructors who are unable to provide approved assessment accommodations themselves, the CSD has implemented the following proctoring options:

    1. For instructors who have the space to administer their own assessments but may need assistance in monitoring those accommodated assessments, a pool of CSD proctors is available upon request.
    2. For those instructors who have the personnel resources to monitor their own assessment but may need assistance in identifying space, assistance is available upon request.
    3. Capacity to proctor assessments for evening classes is now available at Storrs campus. Instructors with evening classes scheduled can request assistance from the CSD in identifying space and proctors.

    All Assistance Requests must be submitted at least 7 days in advance of the class exam date.

    Faculty Process to Request Room/Proctor Reservation

    1. Discuss the coordination of accommodations needs with your student approved for assessment accommodations.
    2. Fill out the form below to request coordination assistance from the CSD to reserve space and/or a proctor for your assessment.
    3. The CSD Accommodations Team will contact you via email when the request is processed with details of location and/or proctor and communicate with your students.

    If you have any questions, please contact Jaclyn Moriarty, Accommodations Coordinator, or Carey Jordan, Assessment Coordinator, at csdexams@uconn.edu or (860) 486-2020.

    CSD Exam Request Form

    Instructor(Required)
    Campus(Required)
    Do you need assistance with reserving space on campus?(Required)
    Do you need proctoring assistance?(Required)
    This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

    Requests for CSD assistance MUST be submitted at least 7 days in advance of the class exam date.

    While the CSD may be able to assist with most requests, please note that space and resources are limited.

    Additional Assessment Resources

    Additional Information

    CSD Responsibilities

    • Meet with students to determine appropriate testing accommodations for each class;
    • Engage in an interactive, case-by-case, class-by-class process with students and faculty regarding the coordination of accommodations, including testing accommodations;
    • Collaborate with instructors to ensure exams are accessible and/or provided in alternate format when indicated.

    Academic Misconduct

    • The CSD upholds The Student Code, and academic misconduct of any kind will not be tolerated.
    • According to the University's Responsibilities of Community Life: The Student Code, academic misconduct is dishonest or unethical academic behavior that includes, but is not limited to, misrepresenting mastery in an academic area (e.g., cheating), failing to properly credit information, research, or ideas to their rightful originators or representing such information, research, or ideas as your own (e.g., plagiarism).
    • For additional information regarding academic misconduct, please visit the Office of Community Standards website at: www.community.uconn.edu.

    FAQs

    I am approved for several assessment accommodations. Do I take my assessments with my instructor or at the CSD?

    Students should discuss assessment accommodation arrangements with their instructor in advance. Whenever possible, students should take their assessments with their class or faculty. If students need to make arrangements to take their assessments at the CSD, you must submit you exam scheduling requests through your MyAccess account at least 7 days in advance of the class exam date.

    I have another class right after a scheduled exam. Can I take my exam at a different time so I don’t miss the following class?

    It is CSD policy that students take exams at the scheduled time of the course unless the faculty member approves an alternate time. If you have back-to-back classes and you’re concerned you may miss part or all of the following class due to an exam in the first class, the CSD will work with you and your faculty member to make appropriate arrangements. For example, if you are approved for extended time, and you have an exam in your 9 am class and then a class at 10 a.m., arrangements can be made for you to start the 9 a.m. exam earlier so that you can arrive on time to your next class.

    My instructor gives a 10-minute quiz at the start of every class and then lectures for the remaining time. I am approved for extended time, so how will I receive this accommodation without missing any of the lectures?

    If possible, you can arrange to take the assessment with your instructor prior to the class. Communicate with your instructor to make arrangements to take the assessment at an alternate time.

    Who do I talk to if I want to request additional testing accommodations other than the ones I am already approved for?

    In order to request additional testing accommodations, please contact your Disability Service Provider at the Center.

    How do I receive extended time for online exams given through Husky CT?

    Approved accommodations apply to all exams including in-person and online exams. Instructors can extend the time you have to complete an exam on HuskyCT. Students are encouraged to communicate with their instructors on a regular basis and in advance of any online exams.