Disability Support Services
North Foundation Hall, Room 103A
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
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(248) 370-3266
Fax: (248) 370-4327

Video Phone: (248) 841-8015
TTY: (248) 370-3268
DSS@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
M-F: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Academic Support

Alternative
Testing

Ear plugs and Noise Canceling Headsets:

These devices help minimize auditory distraction during exams. 

Alternate testing:

Students may be approved for  Extended Time Only Testing or Individualized Testing arrangements. The appropriate method is based upon the findings in the documentation and a discussion about the particular functional limitations of the student’s disability.  

When the impact of the disability requires additional support (for example: double time, test readers or scribes, assistive technology, Word processor), the DSS office will recommend the Individualized Testing method. The DSS office provides this accommodation.   

Procedures for Individualized Testing: 
  1. Complete and submit the Request for Accommodation form
  2. Faculty Notification Letters will be prepared by DSS
  3. Students can pick up letters and deliver to professors to discuss testing arrangements
  4. Student is responsible for notifying DSS to schedule test date and time and in accordance with the professor’s instructions

When the functional limitation of the disability requires time and one half, Extended Time Only will be the recommended method.  The professor will provide the student with the accommodation.

Procedures for Extended Time Only Testing:
  1. Complete and submit the Request for Accommodation form
  2. Faculty Notification Letters will be prepared by DSS
  3. Students can pick up letters and deliver to professors to discuss specific testing arrangements
No show/late exam policy:

DSS administers exams according to prearranged instructions from the professor. The instructor, the student and DSS have agreed to a specific date and time for each exam. For DSS to effectively administer and schedule exams these practices are followed:

 

  • No Shows – Your professor will be notified that you did not take the exam. It is then the student's responsibility to meet with his/her instructor to make other arrangements.
  • Late – Students arriving late will be given only the remaining time to complete the exam.
  • Illness – The student is responsible for contacting the instructor when illness occurs to make other arrangements. If the instructor agrees to a make-up exam, the student should call the DSS office to reschedule.

Exam proctoring:

DSS has the responsibility to administer the exam according to faculty instructions.  Please refer to your Oakland University catalog regarding the “Academic Conduct Policy.”

  • Faculty instructions will be reviewed with the student before he/she begins the exam.
  • The student is responsible for following these instructions at all times. The student may take in the testing room only necessary items when testing. All other items are not allowed, e.g., cell phones, palm pilots, bags, purses, hats, jackets, food, drinks, etc.  DO NOT BRING VALUABLES WITH YOU.
  • Breaks during testing are not customary.  Please tend to hygiene needs before beginning your exam.

Proctors will be present during individualized testing.  Any suspected evidence of cheating will be documented and reported to the appropriate faculty member.  As a result, the student may be charged with academic misconduct.

Readers:

Readers can be asked to repeat information. They will only read what is on the printed page. They cannot be asked to explain,  substitute words, define or interpret the meaning of statements or words. Readers need information from you to be effective. Let your reader know the reading speed/rate, tone etc. that works best for you.

Scribes:

Scribes will write down verbatim what you have dictated. At any time, you will have the opportunity to review what the scribe has written either by reading or having it read to you.  Direct the scribe to make corrections, ie. spelling, punctuation etc. Scribes are not responsible for organizing or paraphrasing your thoughts into final form.
Note
Takers
Note taking services are available to students with disabilities. Once the Disability Support Services office approves note taking services, you are responsible for making the request with your professor. This request should take place the first week of classes so that the professor can recruit a note taker. If a note taker cannot be recruited, it is the student’s responsibility to inform the DSS so other accommodations can be made. 

The purpose of this service is to provide access to the class lecture — not as a substitute for attendance. You must attend class to receive note taking services. The note taker is not required to provide notes for any classes or class time you miss (including notes taken before arriving late to class). 

Consult with your professor and the note taker to discuss the logistics of receiving a copy of the notes from class. You can pick up NCR paper (carbonless paper that creates a copy) in the DSS office to give to your notetaker. The copy machine in the DSS office is also available for making copies.
Real-Time
Captioning
Contact Disability Support Services office as soon as possible, ideally a minimum of six weeks before services are required. This is so Real-Time Captioning arrangements can be made in a timely manner.

Once approved, you must provide DSS with a course schedule as soon as possible. The longer the delay, the greater the possibility that a captioner/reporter will not be available. Changes in course schedule should be reported to DSS as soon as possible so that the captioner/reporter can be notified.

When Real-Time Captioning services are not needed (for example, you will miss a class), or if you will be late for a class, you must notify the DSS office so that the captioner/reporter can be cancelled. You are also responsible for informing DSS when you will be arriving late to a class. In the event that DSS is not notified, the captioner/reporter will wait twenty 20 minutes before leaving. If you are sufficiently late to warrant the captioner/reporter's leaving for two classes, or if you fail to notify DSS when services are not needed on two instances, services may be suspended until you meet with the director.
Sign
Interpreters
Students who qualify for sign interpreters should contact Disability Support Services as soon as possible, ideally a minimum of six weeks before services are required. This is so arrangements can be made in a timely manner. 

Provide DSS with a course schedule as soon as possible. The longer the delay, the greater the possibility that interpreters will not be available. Changes in course schedule should be reported as soon as possible so that interpreters can be notified.

When  interpreter services are not needed (for example, you will miss a class), or if you will be late for a class, you must notify the DSS office so that the captioner/reporter can be cancelled. You are also responsible for informing DSS when you will be arriving late to a class. In the event that DSS is not notified, the interpreter will wait twenty 20 minutes before leaving. If you are sufficiently late to warrant the interpreter's leaving for two classes, or if you fail to notify DSS when services are not needed on two instances, services may be suspended until you meet with the director.
Classroom
Accommodations
Alternative Furniture:
Alternative furniture may be provided to students for whom the standard desks and chairs in the classroom are inaccessible due to physical disability. Examples of alternative furniture include padded seating, armless chairs, stand-alone accessible tables etc.

Classroom Changes for Physical Access:
DSS and the registrar coordinate classroom changes each semester to accommodate students registered for courses located in classrooms that are inaccessible. Notify DSS early with requests for changes.
Application
Support
DSS offers assistance with the application process for graduate school, and exams such as the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and Law School Admissions test (LSAT).