Alternative testing

The Student Disability Services office is committed to maintaining the highest academic integrity standards possible when administering exams. In order to meet this goal, we ask that all students follow testing procedures in a timely manner. Our office utilizes a closed-circuit video monitoring system to proctor exams. The SDS office requires that all students present your WSU picture ID before taking exams and follow SDS posted alternate testing rules.

Students authorized for exam accommodations have three exam options:

  1. Take exams with the class.
  2. Take exams with appropriate accommodations arranged by the instructor.
  3. Take exams in the exam/study rooms in Student Disability Services.

Policy and procedure for taking exams at SDS

  • Students should obtain test permits when meeting with the disability specialist for accommodation letters for the semester. No test permits will be accepted without a current semester’s accommodation letter on file.
  • Students must complete the student portion of the test permit. This test permit has an instructor portion as well, and it must be completed by the instructor. You will need one test permit for each class.
  • It is strongly advised to include all test dates for the semester on one test permit per class. When you include all test dates, the SDS office is able to schedule your exams for the entire semester.
  • Students must submit completed test permits at least one week prior to the scheduled exam. It is also your responsibility to remind your professor that you will be taking an exam in our office.
  • When completing your test permit, remember to include all testing accommodations that you have been given on the student portion.
  • Important for rescheduled exams: If you need to reschedule your exam due to illness or other legitimate conflict, it is your responsibility to contact the professor and discuss rescheduling. The SDS office must receive confirmation of the rescheduled exam date and time from the professor. It is your responsibility to remind the professor to send us confirmation.
  • If you drop a class, please inform Fran Marlowe, SDS program specialist, and your disability specialist.
  • Please be aware that a delay in getting SDS accommodation letters for the current semester may hinder the availability or facilitation of those accommodations in a timely manner. It is in your best interests to get your accommodation letters as early in the semester as possible.

Important information for taking exams at SDS

  • The Student Disability Services office expects you to be on time for your scheduled exams.
    • If you are late for your exam, you will not be allowed to make up the time that is lost.
    • A report will be sent to your instructor noting your lateness.
    • If you are significantly late, you may choose to speak to your instructor about rescheduling the exam.
    • Please be aware that an instructor may deny you this option.
  • Time limits will be enforced. Please check with SDS staff before the exam begins if you are unsure of your time limits.
  • Once you start an exam, you are not allowed to leave the SDS testing area.
    • There is a handicapped-accessible bathroom in the SDS office area if needed.
  • Students are not permitted time to study during the scheduled exam time. If you arrive early, you may study prior to taking the exam as long as a room is available.
  • If you have difficulty working out a mutually agreeable exam time with your professor, please contact your SDS disability specialist.
  • It will be necessary for you to arrange your exam time with your professor if you are enrolled in a class that meets at one of our satellite campuses, on Saturdays, or meets in the evening other than on SDS late nights.
  • No caps with brims are allowed. If a baseball cap is worn, the brim must be turned to the back of the neck.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed in the computer and equipment area of the exam rooms.
    • If you must bring in food or drink due to your disability or length of your exam, please make sure that you keep it on the table behind the equipment.
  • All personal belongings such as books, coats, purses, brief cases and school bags must be placed away from the exam table.
  • Students are not allowed to use unauthorized aids during an exam. Aids such as calculators must be approved by the professor and written on the test instruction sheet.
  • All cell phones and personal electronic devices must be turned off prior to the administration of an exam.
  • As a Wayne State University student, you have a responsibility to uphold academic honesty in all activities.
    • If you are caught cheating in any way, your testing will be terminated immediately and you will be asked to leave the SDS office. Your professor will be notified and any further action will be handled by the professor.
  • SDS adheres to the WSU final exam schedule.
  • All exams are stopped and collected 10 minutes before SDS closing time.

Key points to remember:

  • Student is responsible for bringing a completed test permit back to the SDS office.
  • Professor is responsible for completing the instructor portion of the test permit and sending us the test along with test instructions.