Types of Accommodations

Access Services understands that each student is unique so reasonable accommodations are tailored to students' needs based on their specific condition. These accommodations may include, but are not limited to, the following:


Dictation - Speech-to-text would allow students who may have trouble with dexterity to communicate their answers verbally, which is then turned into written format using technology.

Extended Time -
This accommodation allows students extended time on all quizzes and exams. Students may qualify for time and a half or double time. If receiving time and a half for a 50 minute exam, the time would be extended to 75 minutes. If receiving double time, it would be extended to 100 minutes.

Modified Testing Environment - 
A distraction reduced testing environment would allow students to take assessments with other students in the same room. Students would not be taking the same exam or starting at the same time. Noise-canceling headphones are available for this type of environment. A testing alone environment would allow students to have a solitary environment to take exams.

Note Card -
This accommodation aids students who may have difficulty with recall due to their condition. The note card is not a form of notes but helps the student jog their memory. For more information on this accommodation, please see the Note Card Instruction Sheet [pdf].

Screen Reader -
This technology allows students to have test or quiz questions read to them. This accommodation might be useful for someone who has difficulty with reading comprehension.



Audio Recording - Students can record the lecture through their personal devices to reference later.

PowerPoint Slides -
PowerPoint slides before can be provided as a note-taking accommodation when the professor already uses PowerPoint slides as part of the lecture.

Transcription -
This creates a document of the professor's lecture through Microsoft Teams or OneNote. This accommodation is ideal for students who have difficulty multitasking.



Alternative Text - This accommodation aids students who may need assistance with reading comprehension or need their textbooks in a different format. Students must fill out the alternative format request form, Alternative Format Request Form, and attach receipts to receive their textbooks in an electronic format. Fulfillment time depends upon the publisher.

Early Access to Assignments -
This accommodation may help students with executive functioning challenges. When possible, assignments are opened early so students can work ahead and plan out the tasks that they need to complete.

Movement Breaks -
This accommodation aids students who have difficulty sitting still for long periods of time. These students can leave class for short periods of time (30 seconds - 2 minutes) and return to the classroom to participate in class.

Preferential Seating -
This allows students to have accessible tables or allows students who may need to be close to exits to have an assigned seat.

Flexibility Plan -
 To qualify for this accommodation students must have a condition where periodic flare-ups cause them to miss class and/or affect their ability to meet deadlines. To set up a flexibility plan, students must meet with the Access Services Coordinator every semester. Student needs to bring all syllabi for the courses in which they are requesting flexibility. Students must approve of the plan before it is sent out to faculty. Students needing this accommodation are highly encouraged to set up this flexibility appointment as soon as possible as the accommodations are not retroactive.