Test Access Policy and Procedures
The Disability Support Services (DSS) program assists professors in providing alternative testing accommodations to eligible students with disabilities if the department is unable to provide the accommodation. DSS relies on student and faculty cooperation to facilitate alternative testing. The following procedures identify the responsibilities of the DSS, faculty, and student.
1. The student must provide DSS staff with documentation verifying the need for alternative testing.
2. A memorandum outlining the student's needs for testing will be provided for the student's professors at the beginning of each quarter. Instructors are encouraged to contact the DSS Office if they have questions/concerns.
1. Students are responsible for contacting instructors at the beginning of the quarter to identify self and discuss arrangements for special testing needs. Because of limited space in the DSS office, please make arrangements within the class department to take your test. If that is not possible, contact the DSS office at least 72 hours in advance.
2. Students are expected to check with the DSS Office early in the quarter if testing accommodations need to be arranged within the DSS Office.
3. Testing room availability is on a first come, first serve basis. Make sure to schedule the exam as soon as the test date is known, at least 72 hours in advance prior to taking the exam.
4. Have their professors fill out the DSS Exam Proctor Agreement which is located under MyDSS Faculty Portal.
5. Confirm with your professor the date and time. Testing hours are 8:30-4:30, schedule accordingly.
6. Please have student ID with you for your testing appointment.
7. Students must report to the DSS Office or another testing center on time for scheduled tests. As in the classroom situation, alternative testing arrangements are scheduled to end at a specific time and test times will not be extended when students report late. The DSS reserves the right to return examinations to the professor if a student is more than 15 minutes late (and has not notified the DSS of the delay).
8. Students must leave all personal items outside the testing room. Only items authorized by the professor will be allowed on the testing site. (This means no phones, headphones, etc.)
1. Meet with the student to determine alternative testing options (department office vs. DSS testing center).
2. Complete the DSS Exam Proctor Agreement located under your Faculty Portal on MyDSS. Please clearly indicate the date and time the exam is to be administered, as well as any materials the student is allowed/ not allowed to have during their exam.
3. Upload the exam to the secure DSS website at least 24 hours in advance (upload instructions will be included in the reminder email you will receive)-OR-email exam to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 24 hours in advance-OR-deliver hard copy to DSS at least 24 hours in advance.
1. The DSS office will facilitate the accommodations needed to meet each student's need.
2. The DSS office is responsible for protecting the integrity of the examination process.
• Follow the professors requests, exactly as instructed
• Make sure students don't have any extra items in the testing room
• Record start and end time of the exam
• Provide a quiet and respectful place to take the exam, with minimal distractions
• Return exam to the professors unless other arrangements have been made
3. The DSS office and other testing centers will keep a file with all test-taking forms.
EWU expects the highest standards of academic integrity of its students. Academic honesty is the foundation of a fair and supportive learning environment for all students. Personal responsibility for academic performance is essential for the equitable assessment of student accomplishments. The university supports the faculty in setting and maintaining standards of academic integrity.