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Alternative Testing Services

This program provides eligible students testing accommodations that may include a quiet testing environment, extended time, a scribe, word processor or other assistive technology. Accommodations are prescribed on an individual basis per semester per class. To determine eligibility for alternative testing a student needs to schedule an appointment with one of the DRC counselors prior to the beginning of each semester.

Steps for Receiving Alternative Testing Services

In an effort to providing you with a successful alternative testing experience please read and refer to the guidelines below throughout the semester:

Step 1: Talk to your Instructor

  • Meet with your instructors to discuss the course curriculum and format of exams. This allows you and instructor to decide what will work best for their particular course. They may choose to proctor the exams within the department or they may want the DRC to provide proctoring services. 
  • Make sure instructors complete and sign the proctoring form and return a copy to the DRC.

Step 2: Schedule your exams

  • Make an appointment with the DRC Alternative Testing Coordinator to schedule all your exams for the semester. Bring your signed proctoring forms and calendar with exam dates for each class to this appointment. Note: Some syllabi will not have test dates on them. Please notify the DRC as soon as the exam dates are posted.
  • If there is a conflict with the time or day of an exam (e.g. room availability at DRC, student schedule) an Alternative Testing Exam Reschedule Form must be completed, approved, and signed by the instructor before you take the exam. It is your responsibility to inform the DRC of any changes in test dates or times.

Step 3: Taking your exam

  • No books, notes, back packs, hats, cell phones, computers, or headphones are allowed without written permission from the instructor.
  • Use the restroom. No breaks will are given once you begin your exam.
  • Be on time and ready for your exam. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late for a scheduled exam you will not be allowed to take the exam in the DRC.
  • The DRC strictly enforces the Academic Standards policy. If you are caught cheating, the instructor will be notified immediately.

Code of Conduct

All members of the academic community are responsible for the academic integrity of the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) campus. Students using the Disability Resource Center (DRC) exam proctoring services agree to adhere to the following Student Code of Conduct. If a violation of the Student Code of Conduct occurs, the DRC reserves the right to suspend services and notify your instructor who will determine if the academic authorities will be notified of the situation.

The following is a breach of the Student Code of Conduct:

  • Receiving or providing unauthorized assistance during an exam.
  • Using notes, calculators or other aides is not permitted unless approved by your instructor prior to the exam.
  • Talking with someone other than a DRC employee or instructor during an exam.
  • Disclosing information about an exam to anyone else who has not taken the exam.
  • Taking an exam twice. Students are allowed one opportunity to take an exam either in the classroom or in the DRC.

The following guidelines also apply:

  • No personal items including: coats, hats, purses, backpacks, cell phones and/or any other electronic devices are allowed in the testing room.
  • Due to allergy and chemical sensitivities, please refrain from using perfume/ cologne on your scheduled exam day.
  • Students are not allowed to leave the testing room once they have begun their exam.
  • Students are expected to arrive on time and be ready for their exam. If you arrive more that 15 minutes late for a scheduled exam you will not be allowed to take the exam in the DRC.
  • In case of emergency or illness, students need to contact their instructor and the DRC office.

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