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OSWD has established testing procedures as mandated by Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Faculty will fill out a "Testing Services Request Form" (found on the OSWD section of the Gallaudet website) prior to the test. This form should be e-mailed, hand-delivered, or faxed to OSWD. Once a test is completed by the student, OSWD will either hand deliver the completed test to the faculty member, or wait for the faculty member to pick it up at the OSWD office, as previously arranged.
Common testing accommodations include the following:
● Extended testing time● Notes, formula/vocabulary lists provided during test-taking● Distraction-reduced testing environments● Alternative testing formats● Breaks during testing● Tests divided into sections to be taken over a period of time● Use of adaptive technology/computers during test taking● Reader/scribe services during test-taking
● The student will take the exam during OSWD testing hours● The student will produce a student identification card, and will leave bags and other disallowed items in the OSWD office while taking the exam● The student will comply with the Academic Integrity Policy during the test and, when finished, will hand back the completed exam to OSWD personnel
By law, course content and testing format cannot be fundamentally altered to accommodate a student's disability if the change would compromise the validity of test measurement. However, certain proctoring methods may be allowed to accommodate the student's disability.
For example, a student may request, depending on the nature of the disability, that test questions be read or signed by the faculty or reader/scribe. This is perfectly acceptable so long as the student is not being evaluated on reading comprehension. Similarly, the student may request to make oral or signed answers to the test questions, so long as the student's writing skills are not being measured and evaluated.
The faculty member should verify that the student is a registered OSWD client by referring to the Faculty Accommodations Letter sent by the office which outlines appropriate and approved accommodations. The faculty should thoroughly and legibly complete the Testing Services Request Form and return it to OSWD along with the exam at least 24 hours prior to the time the exam is to be given. When the exam is received, the faculty member will verify receipt of the exam by signing the form.
These policies and procedures are in force for all students who are registered with OSWD and who receive the accommodation of taking exams at OSWD:
"Academic integrity grows from the long-standing traditions of the world university community, and is defined as a firm adherence to the code or standard of values of the University and the individual professions. Academic freedom is a commitment on the part of students, faculty, staff, and administrators, even in the face of adversity, to five fundamental values: honesty, truth, fairness, respect, and responsibility. Commitment to academic honesty encourages the mutual respect and moral integrity that our University community values and nurtures."
OSWD follows all standards of conduct expected of students enrolled at the University, including prohibiting violations of academic-integrity as specified by the Academic Integrity Committee.
Examples of items that are not allowed during a test:
Any instance of academic-integrity violation will result in an automatic referral to the faculty. A student who violates Gallaudet University's Academic Integrity Policy will be subject to disciplinary action.Any unauthorized use of computers at OSWD while testing is strictly prohibited, and will result in disciplinary action.
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