Suspension of Services Policy
The SAR staff works together with the student to determine services needed and how to best meet those needs. The SAR office works to ensure that accommodations are both timely and appropriate. The relationship between the SAR office and the student is a cooperative one. Each entity is expected to adhere to the terms of agreement.
Students are expected to demonstrate responsible use of SAR services while the SAR office is expected to provide those services efficiently and effectively. When either of the two fails to do what they are expected to do, rules of engagement and the consequences of not acting appropriately come into play. For the student, this means that services may be suspended or terminated for failure to comply with written service provision guidelines. Students may be asked to meet with the Director to address concerns. Extenuating circumstances and individual issues will be discussed and final determination for suspension of services and/or reinstatement is to be made solely by the Director. Failure to meet with the Director will result in an immediate suspension of services.
SAR service provision guidelines are outlined below.
Note Taking Service
- Students are expected to attend class on a regular basis and to take notes to the best of their ability. If SAR is informed by an instructor or note taker that a student has not attended class, the student will be contacted regarding class absences. Services to students who accumulate three notices will be suspended pending a meeting with the Director.
- Students are expected to pick up notes from the SAR office weekly. Those who accumulate three reminders to pick up notes during a semester will have services suspended.
- Notes are for students' use only. They are not to be duplicated and distributed to others. If SAR is informed that the student has distributed copies of his or her notes, the student will be given one written warning. If the student continues to distribute notes after the warning, services will be suspended pending a meeting with the Director.
- Students should not ask the note taker for additional services such as tutoring. If note takers inform SAR that additional services have been requested from them, a meeting with the student will be requested to reassess accommodations and make appropriate referrals.
- Students should notify SAR immediately when:
- The student has determined that note taking services are not needed for a particular course or if the student has withdrawn from a course for which notes were requested. Failure to notify SAR can result in suspension pending a meeting with the Director.
- The student must submit the Semester Accommodation Request Form each semester.
- The student must meet with each instructor at the beginning of the semester to discuss academic accommodations in the course including appropriate testing accommodations.
- If the instructor is unable to provide testing accommodations, the student must submit a Test Request Form five (5) business days prior to the scheduled test date. The Semester Accommodation Request Form and the Test Request Form are available in MyUWF by searching for "SAR Accommodate - Student Portal".
- Exams are administered at SAR during the scheduled class time unless prior notification of a different date/time is approved by the instructor. Depending on availability of SAR space, make-up exams can be facilitated only during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.
- If a student is going to be late, the student must inform the SAR office in advance. If a student is more than 20 minutes late, the exam will be returned to the instructor. Testing time will not be adjusted if the student is late.
- Only approved items will be allowed in the testing room. Students are required to bring their own writing utensils and paper.
- Any student suspected of cheating will be required to stop testing. The exam and other materials will be collected by the SAR staff and the instructor will be notified immediately.
- Communication to other students, leaving the testing space, and frequent bathroom breaks are prohibited.
Missing classes without notifying the Student Disability Resource Center constitutes a financial burden to the University and will result in suspension of interpreter services. Students who accumulate three (3) or more non-emergency no-shows during a given semester will have services suspended for all classes pending a meeting with the Director to discuss circumstances surrounding the absences. Extenuating circumstances and individual issues will be discussed and final determination for suspension of services and/or reinstatement will be made solely by the Director. Failure to meet and discuss the absences with the Director will result in an immediate suspension of services.
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