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Standard & Exceptional Accommodations

Toward providing effective and efficient services at a distance; with respect to AU's commitment to providing increased access to students with disabilities; and in consideration of legislative guidelines for 'reasonable accommodation' and 'fairness', ASD has established two categories of exam accommodations.

Standard Accommodation

Standard Accommodations include specific provisions that are commonly assessed; do not require additional academic approval; and generally, when provided have minimal impact on evaluation procedures or requirements.

The following accommodations are included in this category:

  • location of exam
  • environment: i.e. private room, distraction-free, natural lighting, ergonomic or supportive chair, access to washrooms, etc.
  • optimum individual performance: i.e. time of day to write, supervised breaks, ear-plugs, etc.
  • health related needs to bring into testing environment: drinks, snacks, medications, back supports, etc.
  • extended time
  • support service requirements: reader, scribe, monitor for health or anxiety problem

Exceptional Accommodation

Exceptional accommodations require prior discussion with ASD and approval of the appropriate academic (usually the Course Coordinator) as such accommodations may necessitate revisions to the structure of the exam, format of questions, delivery or evaluation procedures.

ASD will seek to recommend accommodations or find optional solutions that provide an alternative means for a student with a disability to fairly demonstrate the acquired knowledge and skills specified in the course learning objectives.

The following accommodations are included in this category:

  • alternate structure/delivery procedures: sub-divide the exam, revise the order of questions, number of days to write the exam, etc.
  • alternate format/delivery procedures: format of exam questions (i.e. multiple-choice, essay, etc.) or exam (i.e. oral exam, take-home exam, paper)
  • support services: designated invigilators to provide approved assistance, aide to set up, sign language interpreter, editor, etc.
  • assistive/adaptive technologies: may require examination materials to be presented in alternate/revised format
  • The aforementioned lists of accommodations are not all inclusive due to the diversity of accommodations that may be required by individuals. In addition, it is important to note that additional provisions may be instituted for exams with accommodations in order to ensure exam security.

Updated July 28 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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