Update from Academic Continuity team

Today’s update covers critical accessibility considerations such as testing accommodations and academic honesty pledges.

Disability Services Office and Test Center update regarding accommodated testing, academic honesty, and confidentiality:

In light of the university’s response to COVID-19, the Disability Services Office (DSO) remains open, but the DSO Test Center will not be operating. While classes are being offered online, the DSO Test Center will not be involved in administering any in-person or online exams for students with testing accommodations. That said, students’ accommodations are still applicable in the context of alternative course delivery. Instructors are now directly responsible for manually adjusting the allotted time for students’ timed quizzes, tests, and exams in MyCourses, in accordance with their approved accommodations. It is important to remember that not all “extended time on tests” accommodations are configured the same. For example, some students may have 1.5x on exams, while others may have 2.0x. The individual Disability Services Agreements instructors received via email from the DSO specify the specific amount of time students’ exams should be extended.

Note that a take-home exam that is not timed does not qualify for the “extended time on tests” accommodation. (As a distinction, if a take home exam was open for 24 hours, but within that time frame a student had a 2-hour time limit to work on the exam, then the 2-hour time limit would qualify for extended time). If a take home exam has a due date, but students are not timed while completing it, there is no need to offer extended time.

This brief video tutorial explains how to manually extend time on tests in MyCourses. Instructors may also contact the Teaching and Learning Services Support Desk at 585-475-2551 or tlsupport@rit.edu. Instructors with questions about online proctoring of exams should contact Sherry Clark at sccetc@rit.edu.

Please also note that students receiving accommodations from the DSO are absolutely able to sign academic honesty pledges. Receiving reasonable accommodations is a civil right for students with disabilities. Such accommodations do not in any way jeopardize the academic experience or infringe upon academic honesty.

Remember that it is okay to reach out to your students who are registered with the DSO to ask questions about their accommodations as needed. Clear communication between students and faculty is key for the successful facilitation of accommodations. But please make sure that any discussions of disability or related accommodations are held in a private environment that honors confidentiality.

More COVID-19 Accessibility FAQs can be found here. Students, faculty, and staff are all encouraged to contact the DSO with any questions at dso@rit.edu

Tip: 
To ensure virtual classes and meetings run as smoothly as possible and reduce the chances for participants talking over one another, set expectations in advance for how individuals should raise questions or concerns. Work with the class or team to find out what works best for them, whether it's implementing a virtual hand-raise via the chat functionality or pausing at the end of a topic to ask for questions.

To access additional Coronavirus Communications, please visit: https://www.rit.edu/coronavirus/communications.