Spalding University students who are registered with the Center for Accessibility and Learning Equity (CALE) may be eligible for testing accommodations if the functional impact of the student’s disability adversely affects their ability to take exams or quizzes under the same conditions as their classmates.
The guiding principle of testing accommodations is to remove or reduce barriers to the test-taking process and thus enable students with disabilities to be assessed on an equal basis with their non-disabled peers. Testing accommodations provide an opportunity for students with disabilities to demonstrate the mastery of skills and attainment of knowledge without being limited or restricted by their disability.
Testing accommodations may involve the modification of timing, the setting, the method of presentation, and/or the method of response. It essentially allows students to demonstrate their knowledge of the course content in an alternative way without undue interference from their disability.
Examples of testing accommodations are:
Students who believe that, based on their disability, they need testing accommodations in one or more of their classes, meet with a member of our team by scheduling an appointment as soon as possible to engage in an interactive process to determine their individualized accommodations. Please note, this process can take several days and is best started at the beginning of each term.
Test- Taking Options
Faculty/Teaching Assistant Proctoring- Faculty members are encouraged to provide testing accommodations themselves whenever possible. Many faculty members arrange to proctor exams during office hours or have their teaching assistant(s) proctor exams.
In rare instances, and when no alternative options exist, the staff of the Center for Accessibility and Learning Equity may be able to assist with test proctoring. In these cases:
If these conditions are not met, the test will be rescheduled.
Responsibilities for CALE, Student, and Faculty with regard to testing accommodation
Center for Accessiblity and Learning Equity
1.)Determine eligibility for testing accommodations.
2.) Orient student to test-taking process and test-taking options.
3.) Orient instructor/s to test-taking process and test-taking options.
4.) If appropriate provide proctor, reader, scribe, or ASL interpreter.
5.) Connect student, instructor/s, and proctor, reader, scribe, or ASL interpreter if/as needed.