Exam Accommodations

Students may seek exam (alternative testing) accommodations through the DSS Office. Possible alternative testing accommodations include but are not limited to:

  • Extended time
  • Option to test with DSS
  • Use of a computer, calculator, and/or adaptive equipment/assistive technology

In order for a student to utilize accommodations for testing in a given course, the instructor must arrange for DSS to proctor exams.


  • Scheduling exams with DSS is dependent on our proctoring schedule and space If there is limited capacity, faculty and students may agree to take the exam on a different day and/or time than the rest of the class.
  • In an effort to limit covid and any variant, no food or drink is allowed in Daum Hall unless it is part of an approved accommodation while testing and arrangements have been made with DSS staff.

How to arrange for DSS to proctor exams.

  1. Complete an Alternative Testing Contract (see the Faculty Notification email which lists the student’s approved accommodations for a link). On this contract, faculty will need to provide dates and times for exams and instructions on how to administer the exams.
  2. Discuss the structure of the exam with your student. It is then the student's responsibility to submit an exam request via their DSS Online Portal to schedule their exam at least 7 days before the testing date (14 days before finals). Please note that due to space and availability, it is crucial that the student meet this deadline in order for our office to coordinate accordingly.
  3. Provide DSS with the exam/quiz at least 1 business day in advance (2 business days in advance for finals).

PLEASE NOTE: Students cannot make exam requests until faculty have submitted the contract for the course section. If multiple students are seeking accommodations, only one Alternative Testing Contract is needed per course section.

Proctoring Exceptions

If the sole testing accommodation is 50% extended time, faculty are asked to proctor the exam. The student may take the exam in class, in the faculty’s office, or in another predetermined location.

Faculty should provide a testing environment that is quiet, accessible, and separated from interruptions. If faculty cannot provide an adequate testing environment or are unable to proctor the exam for the student, they may request that students with 50% extended time schedule exams in the DSS Office.

Please note that the DSS Office makes every effort to ensure security and integrity of all exams.

PLEASE NOTE: DSS is unable to proctor exams administered online. To assist you in administering online exams for students with testing accommodations, we have the following Frequently Asked Questions with useful strategies. 

FAQs for Proctoring Exams Online