Faculty and Instructor Disability Guide

Disability Accommodations Defined

Notes services and extended-time testing in a reduced-distraction location separate from the classroom are the most frequently used accommodations afforded to qualified undergraduates in the College.

Accommodating Extended-Time Exams

Instructors are encouraged to administer their student's extended-time exams within their department when space and staff are available. Focusing proctoring arrangements initially at the departmental level allows you to have greater control over the test-taking process.

The suggestions below are intended to help you with the practical aspects of proctoring arrangements:

Test Accommodation System (TAS)

When instructors are unable to host their own exams, students are directed to use TAS to make accommodated exam requests. TAS is an online system available to faculty, staff and students 24/7.

IMPORTANT: If you make corrections or clarifying statements to your class while accommodated students are taking your exam under CETL Disability Resources supervision, you must ensure that this information is communicated in a timely fashion to our proctoring staff. Call (585) 275-9049 or email disability@rochester.edu between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. If your exam takes place outside of business hours, go to the CETL Disability Resources exam location to share this information.

Note Taking System (NTS)

Students with note taking services are held to the same attendance expectations as any other student. However, the provision of notes may be an approved accommodation based on the specific nature of the disability.

CETL Disability Resources hires student note takers that are registered in the same class as the student with a disability. They are trained in best practices, procedures, and confidentiality, and are required to deliver class notes within 24 hours of the class having taken place.

Occasionally, CETL Disability Resources may contact an instructor asking for assistance identifying a student note taker. Typically instructors post the job opportunity on their blackboard or make a class announcement to apply at CETL jobs.

Livescribe Pen and Audio Recordings

Students may have audio recording of lectures as an approved accommodation. The Livescribe Pen is an example of personal assistive technology that captures both written notes and audio. These pens are available for purchase at most large retailers, and as they gain popularity may be in use in your classrooms without your knowledge. However, students registered with CETL Disability Resources using the Livescribe Pen are required to complete a recording agreement to safeguard academic integrity.

Computer Use

Students may have approved accommodations for word processing during exams with essay components. CETL Disability Resources takes steps to maintain academic honesty, and prohibits access to the Internet.

Our testing room is equipped with computers without Internet access, and proctors print your student's work at the conclusion of the exam period. Graders should take care to review all hand-written and printed exam materials turned in by students using computer-use accommodations to ensure proper credit.

Assignment Extensions

When supported by the student’s disability documentation, extensions for assignments and flexible attendance may be necessary when disability-related issues of a chronic/episodic nature are beyond the student’s control.

Instructors are encouraged to consult with their student's assigned access coordinator if they are uncertain about how to figure out appropriate extension times.

Accessible Materials

Selecting textbooks, readings, and preparing classroom materials well in advance of the semester’s start helps CETL Disability Resources ensure that these items are available in accessible formats, such as PDF or word documents that can be used with screen reading software.

Selecting textbooks available in a wide range of formats and videos with captioning benefits all students, not just students with a disability. You may be contacted by an access coordinator if a student requiring this accommodation is enrolled in your class. See the creating accessible course materials page for more information.