COVID-19 UPDATE

Dear students and faculty,

We hope that you are remaining safe and healthy during this time.

In light of the recent changes, all exams are now to be administered online. Although we will not be able to proctor exams, we are available for any questions or concerns that arise in regards to online exam accommodations. Please check the “Student Guide” and “Faculty Guide” tab for specific updates.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we move forward. We know that this is a hectic and stressful time as we all try to navigate through uncertainty and drastic change.

Just this week, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education issued a press release with reminders that we must take steps to meet our responsibility to make distance learning accessible to students with disabilities. We won’t send you the entire press release, but check out the two resources that were highlighted in the communication that shed light on the importance of these civil rights:

Please do not hesitate to come to us for support. We will be continuing to monitor our email (odsexam@jmu.eduduring work hours (8am-5pm, Mon-Fri).

Best,

Exam Accommodations Team

 

 


Exam accommodations may be available through the Office of Disability Services (ODS), in cooperation with instructors. These accommodations include:

  • accessible media formats
    • text to audio
    • audio to text
    • braille
    • descriptive videos
    • enlarged print
  • proctoring services
  • reduced distraction environment
  • extended exam time

Not all accommodations require tests to be administered in ODS.

It is preferred that professors provide the necessary exam accommodations within the context of his/her department under their supervision. This way students will have access to their instructor during the exam should the need arise.

However, ODS works with professors to ensure accommodations are met and exam integrity is maintained. Exam accommodation is requested by the student and professor completing the Test and Exam Arrangements (TEAA) form and returning it to ODS. Typically, accommodated exams taken in ODS are scheduled at the same time as the exam is given in class with reasonable exceptions negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

Requests for accommodation need to be submitted 3 business days before quizzes and exams and 5 business days before mid-terms and final exams, unless notified by ODS of a specific date for final exams requests. For example, exam requests submitted on Monday will be schedule Thursday or later of the same week. Similarly, final exam requests submitted on Monday will be scheduled the following Monday or later. This ensures our ability to maintain exam integrity, make accommodations and plan for space and staff resources.

If you have questions or concerns, please send an email to odsexam@jmu.edu

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