Testing Accommodation Guidelines

Whenever possible, students are encouraged to schedule their exams under the direct supervision of their instructors or their designees. If this is not possible, testing accommodations are provided to students who are registered with the SDRC and have been approved for this accommodation.


Requesting Testing Accommodations (SDRC Office)

  • In order for SDRC to provide an instructor with verification of a student's eligibility for an academic accommodation, the student must submit the Semester Accommodation Request Form each semester.
  • It is the student's responsibility to 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 (except for finals request). The Semester Accommodation Request Form and the Test Request Form are both available via MyUWF by searching for "SDRC Accommodate - Student Portal".
  • Once the request is received and processed, the instructor and the student will be sent notification of the confirmed test date.
  • Exams are administered at SDRC during the scheduled class time unless prior notification of a different date/time is approved by the instructor. Depending on availability of SDRC space, make-up exams can be facilitated only during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
  • All final exams coordinated in the SDRC are administered during the university's Finals Time Blocks. For more information about Finals Time Blocks, follow this link to the UWF Final Exam Schedule.

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Online Exam Accommodations

  • It is the student's responsibility to meet with each instructor at the beginning of the semester to discuss academic accommodations in the course, including appropriate testing accommodations.
  • Send the instructor an email at least two days prior to the test/quiz date to remind him/her of your approved extended test time.
  • If the online test will be proctored by SDRC, follow the steps in the Requesting Testing Accommodations instructions.

SDRC Testing Center Rules

  • If a student is going to be late, the student must inform the SDRC 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.
  • All exams will be monitored by recorded video, physical walk-through, and/or observation windows.
  • Any student suspected of cheating will be required to stop testing. The exam and other materials will be collected by the SDRC staff and the instructor will be notified immediately.
  • Communication to other students, leaving the testing space, and frequent bathroom breaks are prohibited.

NOTE: To reduce distractions and noise, the SDRC provides "white noise" machines and, by request, earplugs or noise-reducing headsets. SDRC cannot guarantee a completely noise-free environment.


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