Georgia State University recognizes its’ responsibility to accommodate students with disabilities. Sometimes this requires alternate test formats or the need for extended time, use of scribe, accessible technology, reader, etc. We also recognize our responsibility to uphold the academic integrity of the institution and ensuring test security. In order to accomplish both goals, students taking exams at the Office of Disability Services (ODS) must adhere to the following procedures.
It is the student’s responsibility to present the Student Accommodation Form to his/her instructor along with the Request for Individualized Testing Accommodations Form (RITA).
Student must return the signed and completed RITA to ODS no later than 5 days before the first test date/time. RITA Forms will be accepted after the 5 day time limit, but it will be the student’s responsibility to make arrangements for delivery of the exam to ODS.
Students are generally expected to take their exams on the same day and time as the rest of the class. However, if the need for extended time makes this impossible, the student and instructor must decide on a mutually agreeable test time.
ODS is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 8:30 am - 5:15 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday from 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. (Any temporary change in this schedule will be posted by the front door in advance.) Please schedule your exams so that they will be completed by closing time. Any exams unfinished by close of day will be picked up and returned to the instructor.
Students must show up to take exam within 30 minutes of the scheduled time. After 30 minutes, ODS must receive written or verbal confirmation from instructor to allow students to take the exam. Otherwise the exam will be returned to the department.
If a student is ill or for other reasons cannot take the test at the scheduled time he/she must notify ODS and the instructor. To reschedule, the student must contact the instructor and have them notify ODS of the rescheduled time/date.
Students are not allowed to leave the test area once they have begun the exam unless either your disability requires it or your instructor gives written permission for you to do so. In either case, the exam must be split into parts and breaks can be taken only at the completion of each part. Once given the entire exam, STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED BREAKS. If a student leaves the test area the exam will be picked up and returned to the instructor.
No beepers, pagers, cell phones or other electronic equipment is allowed in test area. Please leave them at home or in work room. (ODS is not responsible for articles lost or stolen on premises.)
Unless necessitated by your disability, only water, in closed containers, will be allow in the test cubicle.
It is the student’s responsibility to monitor the amount of time taken on exams. Should you exceed your allocated time, you instructor will be notified.
No visiting is allowed during tests. This includes break times (where applicable).