Requests for testing accommodations are initiated by the student. A student must meet with Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) to obtain the necessary documentation for approved testing accommodations. SSD will provide the student with a Verified Individualized Services and Accommodations (VISA) form. A student should meet with his/her instructor during the first two weeks of a given academic term to discuss the need for testing accommodation.
The objective in giving a student with disabilities an academic accommodation is to provide equity and access. Anything above and beyond that is at the discretion of the professor.
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a person with a disability is one who:
Faculty members should include in each syllabus a statement asking students to inform them of any special needs to ensure that those needs are met in a timely manner. This approach demonstrates to students that instructors are sensitive to and concerned about meeting the needs of ALL students they teach.