Testing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

  • Accommodations for exams must be requested every semester. Please schedule an appointment to meet with the Director of Disability Services at the beginning of each semester to request testing accommodations. One agreement form per class is required.
  • Once you have met with the Director of Disability Services and have your accommodation forms, take your letters to each professor. Meet with your professors within the first two weeks of class, preferably during their office hours, to discuss your test accommodations. Your instructor can also proctor the exam, with the accommodations outlined on your agreement. Professors are not obligated to allow accommodations without an agreement.
  • Make sure your professor completes and signs the testing accommodation form. This form must be returned to Disability Services before your exam.

Scheduling Exams with the Disability Services Office

Phone number, office location, and the testing email address are listed at the bottom of this page.

  • Exams will be administered Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, or by special arrangement. All exams are administered in Disability Services unless otherwise arranged. The Disability Services Office will proctor exams with accommodations by appointment only with 7 days advance notice.
  • It is the student's responsibility to provide their professor with the faculty/student testing accommodation agreement.
  • A request for alternate test materials must be made when scheduling the exam. 
  • Please note: If the accommodation is not requested in a timely manner, and the form is not signed in a timely manner, the professor and Disability Services are not responsible for scheduling the exam per your request. Instead you may receive test accommodations that do not include all of your preferences or your professor may proctor your exam.
  • It is your responsibility to insure the return of the exam accommodation form to Disability Services.
  • The Disability Services Office does not guarantee the provision of exam proctoring for incomplete or late requests.
  • Students are expected to begin the exam at the same time as the scheduled class time. If you are late, the following alternatives may apply.
    • You may take the test using the remaining time.
    • You may reschedule the exam in order to receive the full allotted time, with instructor approval.
  • Changes/cancellations to the faculty/student alternative testing agreement (e.g. notes permitted, open book, additional time, rescheduling time and/or date of the exam due to illness or an emergency, etc.) are only permitted with written professor approval. All of the above require notification to both the Disability Services Office and your instructor via phone, email, or a note written and signed by your professor. If an exam is cancelled or rescheduled by the professor, please notify the Disability Services Office.
  • Students must notify the Disability Services Office if they will be more than 15 minutes late. Continual tardiness will be documented and if late more than 3 times during the semester, consequences apply.
  • Final exams are administered during finals week. Please schedule your exams 7 days in advance.

Taking the Exam

  • Only testing materials are allowed in the testing rooms. All other belongings, including but not limited to coats, purses, backpacks, cell phones, smart watches, and all other electronic devices, etc. are secured in the Disability Services Office.
  • When suspected or confirmed cheating, the exam is stopped, documented and reported to the instructor.
  • Students are expected to uphold the integrity of the examination process and are subject to procedures for academic integrity as outlined in the Fitchburg State University Student Handbook.*

Students are expected to understand and follow the above guidelines. Students who violate these guidelines may have services suspended.

*Academic Integrity Policy

Every member of the university community is expected to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity. Talking during an examination, or possession or use of unauthorized materials or equipment during an examination constitutes an infringement of the academic integrity policy. Aiding and abetting academic dishonesty also constitutes a violation of the academic integrity policy. 
*To read the policy in full go to pages 4 to 5 of the Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Process Handbook and pages 43 and 44 of the Student Handbook.

Please include the following information in your message or email:

  1. Your name
  2. A phone number where you can be reached
  3. Your class name
  4. The name of the professor
  5. The time, day and date of the exam
  6. Whether you need to reserve a computer for the exam