Common Academic and Exam Accommodations

two female students wearing headphones working at computers, click to enlargeAppropriate services and accommodations are determined by the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) on a case-by-case basis. Students with questions about eligibility for services are encouraged to utilize this direct link to our office email address. Depending on students' needs and limitations, documentation, and history of accommodations and educational environment, SSD may provide the following (although this list is not exhaustive) as appropriate:

  • Testing accommodations, such as extended time and alternative test environment
  • Note-taking services
  • Materials in e-text and audio format
  • Access to adaptive equipment and software
  • Scribe and reader services, or access to a computer to type exam responses
  • Interpreter and captioning services
  • Assistance in activity relocation
  • Assistance in obtaining elevator and lift keys

Typical Exam Accommodations

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  • Extended test taking time (50% additional time is the standard)
  • Computer access for essay exams
  • Use of a basic calculator for math computation
  • Long exams administered in two parts
  • Reduced-distraction test environment
  • Readers and/or scribes
  • Other accommodations may be appropriate, but will only be implemented with instructor or departmental approval including (but not limited to) course substitutions or alternative ways of completing assignments (e.g., oral presentation versus a written paper)

Priority Registration

All students who register with SSD receive priority registration. Priority registration is considered a reasonable accommodation for students with disabilities as illustrated by the following examples:

  • A student with a chronic health impairment may need to carefully schedule classes with breaks around medication schedules and/or energy levels
  • A student who uses a wheelchair may need to have classes moved to accessible locations
  • A student with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder may need to take a section of course that meets for shorter periods of time but more frequently during the week (if the course is offered in different meeting formats)

FAQs Regarding Priority Registration

What's the difference between pre-registration and priority registration? I have a date listed for pre-registration, but I am unable to pre-register.

In order for upperclassmen to obtain the classes that they need for graduation, some schools and departments allow the students to register early for certain classes in their school or major field of study. This is called pre-registration. Even though all students have a time listed for pre-registration, only a few students will actually be able to register during this time. Feel free to try to pre-register, but don’t be surprised if you are unable to do so.

When are students registered with SSD able to register?

Once the pre-registration period is completed, your priority registration time will appear in CAESAR. This will occur on the Friday morning prior to open registration for all students. (For winter quarter 2015, therefore, priority registration will begin Friday, November 14 at noon.) Please note that you may not be able to see your priority registration date until the morning priority registration begins. Therefore, please wait to contact SSD until that morning if you are still not listed for priority registration in CAESAR.

Are new students with disabilities eligible for priority registration?

No. New students register for classes during Wildcat Welcome Week, which is during the week prior to classes starting for the new academic year. During this time new students will meet with an academic adviser and determine classes for the upcoming fall quarter. Starting in winter quarter, all students registered with SSD will be able to take advantage of priority registration.