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Accommodations and academic adjustments

Testing accommodations and adjustments

LSS has dedicated testing space to provide numerous testing accommodations in a welcoming environment within the LSS office. Some professors can proctor accommodated exams based on department resources available. Testing accommodations are only available to students who are registered with LSS and have been previously approved for accommodations.

Sample Testing Accommodations: There are many potential testing accommodations that students may outline on a student's notification letter. Reduced distraction locations, extended time, use of a scribe/reader, or use of technology are commonly implemented academic adjustments. 

Testing Contracts: 
Professors will be asked to provide information about exam delivery and return methods, materials allowed, and other testing procedures. This information allows LSS to proctor exams with the same parameters that are implemented in the classroom. In most cases, students will be entering the contract information online in consultation with the professor. A printed version of the testing contact is also available. Once the testing contract information has been submitted online, professors will be able to confirm the contract to ensure all of the information is accurate.

Courtesy Testing: LSS can proctor exams for students not registered with LSS as space allows. Courtesy testing is typically reserved for students dealing with extenuating circumstances. Please contact LSS for more information about this resource and for information on how to schedule an exam. 

Notetaking assistance

Notetaking services are another commonly utilized academic accommodation.  

Learning Support Services (LSS) recruits notetakers students who are taking the same course as the student requesting the service. Notetakers upload notes to an online system to protect the confidentiality of the student taking notes, and to allow for ease of access to the notes.  

Alternative formatted material

Alternative formatted material includes audio, large print, electronic text, Braille, and other specialized formats of textbooks, syllabi, and other class materials.  

According to copyright law, LSS can only provide alternative formatted materials to students with a verified print disability.  A print disability is defined as a disability that interferes with a student's ability to read, comprehend, or manipulate (hold, turn pages) traditional text.  

It is the student's responsibility to request alternate format prior to the beginning of the semester, if possible. The conversion process is often lengthy and challenging, as each text is formatted specifically for individual students' needs.  Later requests may result in resources not being available at the beginning of the semester.

To request alternative formatted materials: Contact LSS, Melrose Hall 020, 503-883-2562, as soon as possible.

Other Accommodations

There are numerous other potential accommodations that LSS can implement based on a student's disability-related barriers. Learn more about accessing accommodations or contact us at for more information. The Policy Statement and Guidelines Regarding Services For Students With Disabilities is also available to review. 

Learning Support Services
Melrose Hall 020