University of Iowa

DCE Exam Services and Extended Time/Reduced Distraction Accommodations

To: 
Deans, Directors, and Departmental Executive Officers
From: 
Lon Moeller, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of the University College
Date: 
August 4, 2016
Subject: 
DCE Exam Services and Extended Time/Reduced Distraction Accommodations

The number of UI students who require academic accommodations and the type of accommodations requested for exams (e.g., double-time, alternative format, scribes, and assistive technology) continues to increase.  This increased demand for examination accommodations led Student Disability Services (SDS) to ask faculty during the last academic year to administer examinations/quizzes for UI students in need of reduced distraction testing and/or extended time (time and one-half) to take examinations.  We appreciate the support faculty and staff provide to students who need academic accommodations, and their commitment to students’ success.

We are pleased to report that the testing services of the Division of Continuing Education (DCE) are now available to administer reduced distraction testing and/or extended time (time and one-half) examination/quiz accommodations.  Faculty or departmental staff should use this online form to schedule reduced distraction/extended time exams for individual students.  Please note SDS will continue to accommodate students who need double-time for examination accommodations and accommodate students who may need class materials in an alternative format.

Large enrollment courses may have multiple students requiring extended time/reduced distraction testing accommodations.  If support is required for such instances, please contact Megan Ward at DCE-Exams@uiowa.edu regarding additional proctoring staff or other needs.

We have also identified campus space to be used during the upcoming academic year for computer-based testing and which will be available for extended time/reduced distraction accommodations during high-demand testing periods.

If you or your faculty have questions, please feel free to contact me (lon-moeller@uiowa.edu).

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