The Goldman Office of Disability Services (ODS) maintains testing areas for students with documented disabilities. These areas are made available to students who require testing accommodations such as extended time or distraction reduced environments. Only students who have completed the Tulane ODS review process and have a documented disability may test in ODS; testing rooms may not be used for the general student population. The following is a list of commonly asked questions about testing accommodations and professors' responsibilities.
How do I know if a student has a registered disability and testing accommodations?
How do I make sure my students receive their testing accommodations?
The professor and the student should collaborate and decide how best to handle the student's accommodations, but ultimately, professors have the right to decide if testing students themselves is feasible or not. Once you sign the CAF, you are responsible for ensuring the students receive their testing accommodations. You may decide to test students yourself or have them test in the ODS testing center.
Students are not allowed to mandate where they test. The ODS testing center is a service to professors provided by the university.
Should the professor decide to test the student, the staff at ODS is available for questions as needed.
I choose not to test a student with accommodations myself, how do I schedule a student to test at the ODS?
The primary responsibility of scheduling tests at ODS falls in the student's hands. Once a CAF is signed and received by the professor, the student should also submit a blue Exam Request Form (“the blue sheet”). The ODS uses these forms to schedule tests at our testing center. The student will fill out the top portion and professors are responsible for the following sections.
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What if I cannot bring in or pick up the exam?
Exams may be delivered or picked up by an Instructor, TA, GA, authorized student worker, or one of the professor's office staff during our business hours. Upon professor's explicit written permission, students taking the exam may also deliver the exam to the professor in a sealed and signed envelope from ODS.
Professor's may opt to have the tests scanned and returned via e-mail. Please note: Tests taken in blue books cannot be scanned. ODS makes no guarantees about the quality of scanned tests taken in pencil.
What if I forget to bring in the exam?
The professor's office will be called by ODS staff. Students may choose to try and locate the professor to obtain the test. Students will be sent to the testing location with an envelope. Professors should sign and seal the back of the envelope after including the test. Note that students are not required to try and find the professor to locate a test.
Should the student decide to wait at ODS for the test to be delivered, the student will be required to wait 30 minutes, after which time the test will need to be rescheduled by the professor and student.
What happens to tests that are not picked up?
Unused exams are shredded one week after test day. Completed exams not picked up are destroyed after 6 months. Scanned/e-mailed tests will be held in ODS in a secure location until the complete of the following semester in which the exam was taken, at which time they will be shredded.
How do I know that my test is secure at ODS?
ODS staff administers all tests and makes sure test papers are under direct supervision or locked in a secure location at all times. Students in testing rooms may be monitored by video camera. The ODS staff or the professor may check in on students with or without knocking. Under no circumstances are the students allowed backpacks or mobile phones in the testing rooms.
Any student suspected of cheating may be questioned by ODS staff or the professor. Should a student be caught cheating, all materials in the testing room will be confiscated, including the materials being used to cheat. The professor and the dean of the college will be contacted. All evidence will be submitted to the dean of the college in which the student is enrolled.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Disability Services 862-8433.
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