Common Academic Adjustments or Accommodations

The Office of Disability Support Services provides a variety of academic adjustments/accommodations to students with disabilities based on the documented need. The following lists the most common but not all available academic adjustments/accommodations. Please contact our office for more information about your specific needs.

Extended time on tests

This academic adjustment/accommodation typically constitutes “time and a half” based on standard exam time. Instructors may provide this academic adjustment/accommodation by administering the exam by allowing a student extended time directly before or immediately after a scheduled exam time, during office hours, or at any other mutually agreed upon time and location or the Office of Disability Support Services can arrange for a proctor from our office to administer the exam in the DSS office with appropriate notice.

Distraction-free testing

This academic adjustment/accommodation provides a student with a quiet/less distracting space to take any course exam. Instructors may provide this academic adjustment/accommodation by administering the exam by in their office or somewhere within their department. Or, the student can choose to take the exam in a distraction reduced testing room arranged by the Office of Disability Support Services, provided the student gives appropriate notice. 


This academic adjustment/accommodation provides students with a supplemental copy of class notes. Please note that the student is responsible for regularly attending the class. Having a note-taker is not a substitute for class attendance. If a note-taker is not available, appropriate alternate accommodation will be provided.

Priority for registration

Students with certain disability-related needs may qualify to receive priority registration on a case-by-case basis as a reasonable academic adjustment/accommodation. If the student needs priority for registration then he/she must contact our office at least two weeks before the actual priority registration dates. Priority registration provides students with the opportunity to register for classes on the first day of priority registration.

Use of a calculator

This academic adjustment/accommodation is provided for students with a math disability. Students are allowed to use a non-scientific basic calculator on all math exams. Students must bring their own calculators.

Use of a reader in exam

This academic adjustment/accommodation is for students who need an exam read to them and/or who are unable to write their own exams. In most instances, our office will arrange for the student to use assistive technology designed to read an exam and to take dictation. If the student has problems working with assistive technology, our office will provide a reader for the exams.

Use of a laptop or computer

This academic adjustment/accommodation can be for in-class activities as well as for exams. Students should use their own computers for in-class work. Students requiring a computer for their exams will take their exams at the Office of Disability Support Services on an office computer.

Preferential seating

This academic adjustment/accommodation is for students who would benefit from sitting at the front of the classroom. Students should make arrangements with their professors to make sure they receive this accommodation.

Assistive technology

The Office of Disability Support Services provides students with access to a variety of assistive technology. It includes but is not limited to:

  • Captioning
  • Adaptive computer keyboards
  • Assistive listening devices
  • Books on tape
  • Use of smartpens