Testing Accommodations

Overview

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

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

Based on communication from the University, the CSD will continue to engage with students and faculty remotely for the Fall 2020 semester. Your Disability Service Professional (DSP) or Regional Campus Coordinator (RCC) (for students at a regional campus) will continue to engage with you and your instructors in an interactive, case-by-case, class-by-class process to coordinate accommodations based on the nature of the learning environment (online, hybrid or in person).

Students should plan to take their assessments with their approved accommodations with their class and/or instructor in the environment the assessment is administered (online or in person).

If you have extraordinary circumstances based on your disability that would prevent you from accessing an assessment taken with your approved accommodations with your class, please contact your DSP to engage in the interactive process.

If you have any questions, please contact your DSP/RCC 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) or Regional Campus Coordinator (RCC). You will not be able to utilize your testing accommodations if you do not request your accommodation letters first. To request your Accommodation Letters, log into MyAccess at: https://myaccess.apps.sa.uconn.edu/.
  • It is your responsibility to communicate with your Instructor/Teaching Assistant (TA) to identify how the course is designed, how content will be delivered, how assessments will be administered, and how your approved testing accommodations will be implemented in the online, hybrid or in person environment.
  • Students should plan to take their assessments with their approved accommodations with their class and/or instructor in the environment the assessment is administered (online or in person).
BEFORE YOUR ASSESSMENTS:
  • Be sure to communicate with your Instructor/Teaching Assistant (TA) regarding your approved testing accommodations, well in advance of the assessment. For example, if you are approved for extended assessment time (2x), your Instructor will adjust those settings in HuskyCT, prior to the day of the assessment. Other approved testing accommodations such as breaks or assistive technology should also be discussed with your Instructor/TA.
  • Designate an area to take online assessments at home or in your dorm. 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.
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, which prevents students from viewing class notes, searching the Internet, accessing email, using instant messaging or screen sharing.
  • Respondus LockDown Browser with Monitor uses advanced Artificial Intelligence that records thumbnail snapshots/snippets of students when they take an assessment.  It monitors for and flags suspicious behavior that your instructor, and only your instructor, can go in and review after you submit the assessment. Although you may be flagged when moving your hair away from your face, or looking away from the computer while thinking about an answer, behaviors such as these are not necessarily indicators of cheating. LockDown Browser with Monitor provides instructors with simple, meaningful results that help them know whether an assessment session warrants deeper scrutiny.
  • 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 by following this link: https://support.proctoru.com/hc/en-us
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).
 

Procedure for Scheduling Assessments

Based on communication from the University, the CSD will continue to engage with students and faculty remotely for the Fall 2020 semester. Your Disability Service Professional (DSP) or Regional Campus Coordinator (RCC) will continue to engage with you and your instructors in an interactive, case-by-case, class-by-class process to coordinate accommodations based on the nature of the learning environment (online, hybrid or in person).

Students should plan to take their assessments with their approved accommodations with their class and/or instructor in the environment the assessment is administered (online or in person).

Be sure to communicate with your Instructor/Teaching Assistant (TA) regarding your approved testing accommodations, well in advance of the assessment. For example, if you are approved for extended assessment time (2x), your Instructor will adjust those settings in HuskyCT, prior to the day of the assessment. Other approved assessment accommodations such as breaks or assistive technology should also be discussed with your Instructor/TA.

If you have extraordinary circumstances based on your disability that would prevent you from accessing an assessment taken with your approved accommodations with your class, please contact your DSP/RCC to engage in the interactive process.

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

Based on communication from the University, the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) will continue to collaborate with faculty and students remotely for the Fall 2020 semester.

The CSD will continue to engage in an interactive, case-by-case, class-by-class process with you and your student regarding the coordination of accommodations, including testing accommodations. Should a student have an extraordinary circumstance based on their disability that would prevent them from accessing an assessment if it is not administered by the CSD, please have the student contact the CSD to discuss those disability-related, extraordinary circumstances.

Instructors should plan to administer their assessments with approved accommodations for students with disabilities along with the rest of the class.

Instructors are encouraged to visit CETL’s Assessment and Evaluation website, CSD's Collaboration with Faculty Continues for Fall 2020 webpage, or contact Lara Smith, Assistant Accommodations Coordinator at csdexams@uconn.edu or (860) 486-2020 with any questions on how to provide accommodations on their assessments or discuss proctoring options.

Faculty Responsibilities

Before Assessments:

  • Once you receive an email from the CSD regarding a student in your course with approved accommodations, please access your MyAccess account at: https://instructor-access.apps.sa.uconn.edu/ to view all your students with approved accommodations and their accommodation letters listing the approved accommodations.
  • Collaborate with the student regarding testing accommodations. For example, if the student is approved for extended assessment time (2x), you will need to adjust those settings in HuskyCT, prior to the day of the assessment. Other approved testing accommodations such as breaks or assistive technology should also be discussed with your student.
  • 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:

Proctoring Options for Faculty

Based on communication from the University, the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) will continue to collaborate with faculty and students remotely for the Fall 2020 semester.

The CSD will continue to engage in an interactive, case-by-case, class-by-class process with you and your student regarding the coordination of accommodations, including testing accommodations. Should a student have an extraordinary circumstance based on their disability that would prevent them from accessing an assessment if it is not administered by the CSD, please have the student contact the CSD to discuss those disability-related, extraordinary circumstances.

Instructors should plan to administer their assessments with approved accommodations for students with disabilities along with the rest of the class.

Instructors are encouraged to visit CSD's Collaboration with Faculty Continues for Fall 2020 webpage, CETL’s Keep Teaching website or contact Lara Smith, Assistant Accommodations Coordinator at csdexams@uconn.edu or (860) 486-2020 with any questions on how to provide accommodations on their assessments.

Proctoring Resources:

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 exam accommodations. Does this mean I will take all of my exams at the CSD?

Students should plan to take their assessments with their approved accommodations with their class and/or instructor in the environment the assessment is administered (online or in person). If you have extraordinary circumstances based on your disability that would prevent you from accessing an assessment taken with your approved accommodations with your class, please contact your DSP to engage in the interactive process.

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.

What if my accommodations require a reader and/or scribe?

In the online environment, there are assistive technologies available that provide accommodations similar to a reader (Text-to-Speech software) or a scribe (Speech-to-Text software). The CSDTech team can set up a demonstration for you. Please contact the CSDTech team at: csdtech@uconn.edu or (860) 486-2020.