A student surprises you by requesting additional time to take an exam and even requests to complete the exam separate from the class because of a diagnosed learning disability. How do you handle this situation?
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, it is the responsibility of the University and all faculty and instructors, as representatives of the University:
- To understand the intentions of accommodations,
- Make arrangements for a time, space, proctor, and plans for having the exam available and returned
- Carry-out the accommodations to meet their intended purpose
To help faculty and students with their rights and responsibilities, the University of Kentucky has the Disability Resource Center located in Room 2 of Alumni Gym.
The Ombud's Office and the University Senate state that the following statement be included in your syllabus:
"If you have a documented disability that requires academic accommodations, please see me as soon as possible. In order to receive accommodations in this course, you must provide me with a Letter of Accommodation from the Disability Resource Center (Room 2, Alumni Gym, 257-2754, email@example.com) for coordination of campus disability services available to students with disabilities. We can then collaborate on the best solution."
As the statement indicates, it is up to the student to provide you with the Letter of Accommodation from the Disability Resource Center. Some students may not be aware that they are required to register with the Disability Resource Center in order for their accommodations to be met because in the K-12 setting the accommodations are provided automatically.
The Disability Resource Center provides two testing areas, one in Frazee Hall and the other in Funkhouser Hall, that are monitored, for students who require a separate testing site.
For further information contact Jacob Karnes, the Director of the Disability Resource Center. His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org and can be reached at 257-2754. The website for the Disability Resource Center is http://www.uky.edu/StudentAffairs/DisabilityResourceCenter/