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Exams and Learning Assessments

Exams can be designed in ways that include or exclude. Instructors can create exams and learning assessments that are flexible and rarely require accommodations. However, when exams pose disability-related barriers, effective accommodations must be available.

Administer Your Own Exams with Accommodations

If you plan to provide test accommodations yourself, ensure that they are effective. This means:

  • All accommodations identified as reasonable are provided.
  • The test space is appropriate for concentrated effort. 
  • Students clearly understand when they need to finish the exam.
    • An effective strategy is to note the start time, required end time, and completed exam time on the test.

You may provide extended test time by:

If you plan to administer your own tests with accommodations, let DRC know through Instructor Login (link), 520-621-5760 or

DRC Exam Administration Procedures

I. Scheduling

  • Students must request accommodations online at least 2 days prior to each exam during the regular semester and a week prior during finals.
    • When students do not meet this deadline, they are told to test in the classroom for the exam in question and assisted in requesting future exams at DRC.
    • Instructors are under no obligation to accommodate students who do not meet the DRC deadline.
  • DRC contacts you for exam administration instructions when a student in your course requests exam accommodations.
  • You can login to DRC’s Instructor Login anytime to:
    • Verify a student’s accommodations
    • Inform DRC you will be administering your own exams with accommodations
    • Request exam administration assistance from DRC and provide exam administration information

II. Receipt & Delivery

  • Exams can be sent to DRC:
  • Completed Exams can be returned:
    • By DRC (to the main office of the instructor’s academic department)
      • Signature of receipt will be requested
    • By pick-up from DRC (Highland Commons, Room D231)

III. Administration

  • Exams at the DRC are scheduled during class time unless there is a conflict.
    • DRC Exam Administration office closes at 5:30pm (regular semester) and at 9:00pm (during finals).
    • If exams extend beyond closing time, DRC works with students and instructors to reschedule or find another solution.
    • If students have a class schedule conflict due to their use of extended time, DRC will be in touch with you to identify a plan that supports effective test accommodations while not compromising students’ class attendance.
  • Final Exams are scheduled according to the University final exam schedule, and requested by students a minimum of one week prior to each final date.
    • DRC gets extremely busy during finals week and has little flexibility with late requests from either students or faculty.
      • PLEASE do not offer flexibility in the time/day your final is scheduled under the assumption that DRC can make arrangements.

Exam Integrity

  • All tests received at DRC are treated confidentially and stored securely
  • Students:
    • Identify themselves with a picture ID;
    • Are instructed to leave all non-exam materials outside of the testing area, including cell phones; and
    • Are monitored during testing
  • Academic Dishonesty Procedures:
    • Questionable materials are confiscated.
    • DRC provides the instructor with details of what was observed and any confiscated materials.
    • Student is directed to contact the instructor.
    • DRC may contact the Dean of Students office to report a Code of Conduct violation.