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Student Disability Resource Center

Testing Accommodations

Please review some of our Frequently Asked Questions, and let us know if you need any other assistance!

  • The Alternative Testing Agreement is used to help the SDRC better understand how instructors set up their classes and exams. 
  • The Agreement only needs to be filled out once per semester, for any unique course that you teach. 
    • For example, if you teach UNIV 101-001 and UNIV 101-002, and the courses areidentical in nature, we can copy the Agreement to the second class for you. 
  • The Agreement also gives instructors additional information regarding the SDRC's policies and procedures. 
  • We are requesting that faculty fill out the Alternative Testing Agreement, even if your course is online. This allows students the opportunity to still "schedule" their exams with our office, and you will receive notification and reminders about their approved accommdoations. 

    If you have more questions regarding the Alternative Testing Agreement, please call our Test Proctoring Suite at 803-576-8457 or stop by Close-Hipp Suite 203. 
  • We are requesting that faculty fill out the Alternative Testing Agreement, even if your course is online. This allows students the opportunity to still "schedule" their exams with our office, and you will receive notification and reminders about their approved accommodations. 

    If you have more questions regarding the Alternative Testing Agreement, please call our Test Proctoring Suite at 803-576-8457 or stop by Close-Hipp Suite 203. 
  •  If you do not have exams of any kind in your class, you would not need to complete the Alternative Testing Agreement!
  • The Instructor Portal allows instructors to view all students in their classes who are registered with the SDRC. For instructors with multiple sections, the Instructor Portal is a great one stop shop to view accommodations. 
  • Instructor Portal Log-In
    • You will log into the Instructor Portal with your university username and password, and verify your identity with Duo Authentication
  • Instructions for Instructor Portal

  • If you have more questions regarding the Instructor Portal, please call our Test Proctoring Suite at 803-576-8457 or stop by Close-Hipp Suite 203. 
  • First, log into Blackboard and find the exam you need to add accommodations for
  • Next, select the gray-colored down arrow next to the exam/assignment and select "Edit the Test Options"
  • Then, scroll down to the section "Test Availability Exceptions"
  • Select "Add User or Group"
  • Search for the student's name (you may select multiple students at this point) and click "Submit"
  • The student names will appear under this section
  • Finally, adjust any exceptions like the Timer to adjust for extended time
  • Press "Submit"!
  • YouTube Video for Test Availability Options in Blackboard

  • If you have more questions regarding extending time in Blackboard, please call our Test Proctoring Suite at 803-576-8457 or stop by Close-Hipp Suite 203. 
  • Great question! While the SDRC is most familiar with Blackboard, we are certainly willing to help you figure out how to adjust time or other accommodations for students who need it. 

  • Please call us at 803-576-8457 and we can further assist you!
  • According to the Office of the Provost, "Be flexible. The length of time a student sits and views a computer screen can be problematic and students may need to use the restroom or stretch during a long exam. Clearly communicate expectations in a timely manner to all students (e.g., who to contact for technical issues, how the exam will be proctored, technology requirements, testing platform).You can read more FAQ's from the Office of the Provost here.
  • One recommendation the SDRC has is to have the student create an index card that says "Taking my approved bathroom/break." When the student needs to utilize their accommodation, they can hold up the index card for a few moments and then use the bathroom/break. If their test/recording is "flagged" for activity, instructors will be able to see the student holding up the index card regarding their approved accommodation. 

  • If you have more questions regarding accommodations for online exams, please call our Test Proctoring Suite at 803-576-8457 or stop by Close-Hipp Suite 203. 
  • In short, yes! Extended time accommodations are needed on top of the amount of time that you are giving the rest of the class. If all students are receiving 30 minutes, students with time and a half would still need 45 minutes. 
  • "Because the class was given 5 hours to complete the exam and the student in question was given the same amount of time to complete the exam as her nondisabled peers, the college did not provide the student the testing modification of time and a half that it had determined she needed because of her disability. Because the college failed to provide the student with time and a half of the exam... the college did not comply with Section 504 with respect to the issue investigated." OCR Reference No. 10092092.

  • If you have more questions regarding accommodations for online exams, please call our Test Proctoring Suite at 803-576-8457 or stop by Close-Hipp Suite 203. 

Faculty and Instructor Resources for Virtual Instruction

 

AIM Instructor Portal

The Instructor Portal allows faculty and instructors to see an overview of and process all received accommodation requests in a course without relying on email. 

Instructor Portal Guide Instructions (PDF)

Questions?

Please let us know! We know these are challenging times and we are here to support faculty, staff, and students. 
Please contact our Main Office at  803-777-6142 or at SADRC@mailbox.sc.edu, or contact our Test Proctoring Suite at 803-576-8457 or at SAPRCTR@mailbox.sc.edu.


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