Policies and Procedures for Testing in the
disAbled Student Support Services office

Students with disabilities who have been granted extended accommodations in the administration of academic tests have several options for obtaining those accommodations.

  • Arrange accommodations individually with the faculty member (start before class period, continue working after class period, meet with the faculty at another pre-arranged time, etc.) in order to complete tests with the minimum loss of faculty contact;
  • arrange testing accommodations with the faculty member using an alternate testing location (an empty office or classroom, online using WebCT, etc.); faculty is responsible for proctoring the test;
  • arrange for testing in the testing facilities of disabled Student Support Services with faculty permission. Space for testing in the DSSS office is limited, and first priority will be given to students who need to use the adaptive equipment available in the DSSS testing area.

    The Student Development Center is open from 8:00 am to 7:00 PM Monday thru Thursday and 8:00 am to 5:00 PM on Friday. Testing in the Center must be completed by the designated closing time. Professors teaching evening classes are aware of the testing center hours and will usually allow students to test outside of the scheduled class time.

    The following policies apply to students taking tests in the DSSS testing area.

    1. Faculty notification letters must be delivered to teachers at least five class days before the date of testing. The faculty letters will have test cover sheets attached which the teacher should complete and send to us along with the test.

    2. You must notify our office of the date and time of testing as early as possible, but no later than 5 days before the test date. We must make sure that we have a room available for you and that a proctor will be on hand to monitor the test. To reserve a testing space, complete the test reservation request form at http://www.kennesaw.edu/stu_dev/dsss/testschedule2.html. It is your responsibility to remind your professors with each upcoming test that you will be testing in DSSS and request that the professor send the test to the office. The teacher can fax the test to extension 6667, e-mail the test to Amy Redd (aredd2@kennesaw.edu) or hand deliver to Student Center 267.

    3. You are expected to take your test in the disAbled Student Support Services office at the same time that the class takes the test unless the teacher specifically approves otherwise. You may start earlier or stay later to have the extra time needed, provided a room is available, but you should be in our testing area while the class is taking the test. This protects YOU!

    4. "No-shows" hurt everyone by disrupting the schedule, tying up otherwise available testing areas, and causing difficulties for staff, professors, and academic departments. Notify the Center immediately if your test has been canceled or changed to another date, or if you are experiencing an emergency which prevents you from keeping your appointment. After two no-shows, use of the testing facilities will be suspended until you meet with the Assistant Director.

    5. The amount of extra time allowed is determined on an individual basis, depending on the nature of the test and the nature of the disability. As a general rule, 1½ times the class period is the maximum extended time allowed. Testing appointments will only be scheduled for a maximum of 1½ time. A student who arrives late for a scheduled testing appointment risks losing the extended time allowed as other appointments must also be honored.

    6. Stretch breaks will be allowed, but you must remain in the testing area. Once you have received a test, you WILL NOT be allowed to leave the testing area, so please take care of breaks before you start your test.

    7. You may bring items with you - such as soft drinks, snacks, teddy bears - that will help you relax and focus better. We have mp3 players with relaxation music available to borrow during testing. Cell phones and other electronic communication/recording devices are NOT allowed in the testing area. We reserve the right to approve or disapprove other items to be taken into the testing rooms. Sound-blocking earplugs are available in the testing rooms.

    8. Book bags and large purses will be deposited in the Amy's office or in Carol's office. Only necessary materials approved by the teacher are allowed in the testing rooms. Cell phones and other noise-making devices must be turned off when bags are checked. A claim check will be given to you to hold your items. The claim check must be turned in to staff to reclaim checked items.

    9. The testing rooms are monitored by camera to ensure academic integrity. Anyone who is observed using unauthorized materials in the testing area will be reported to the faculty, who determines the appropriate course of action as outlined in the student code of conduct/judiciary procedures. Repeated infractions of the academic honesty policy may result in exclusion from testing in the disAbled Student Support Services area.

    10. Tests are returned to department offices as soon as possible after they are completed, but if the faculty member has left campus then grading of the test may be delayed.

    11. During heavy testing times (such as midterms and finals) we cannot guarantee a private testing room. Other facilities on campus may be utilized for overflow testing, which may necessitate placing several testers in one room. Please make sure that a notation is made in the test schedule if you need access to a computer or special software, or if you have a specific reason for needing a private testing room. We will make every effort to hold one for you.

    12. In the event of an emergency requiring egress from the building, the follow procedures will be followed.

    a. The student is responsible for saving a computer-based test on the computer desktop and shutting down the computer.
    b. The student should proceed to the testing office with paper test and materials in hand. Tests should be immediately turned in to the testing coordinator.
    c. We will make every effort to allow students to reclaim their personal belongings before leaving the building, but the safety of students is our first concern.
    d. Students are expected to stay with Amy AT ALL TIMES while away from the testing area. Academic integrity rules apply even when testing is interrupted for emergency reasons. No access to electronic devices, textbooks, notes, or other materials is allowed.


    Students are expected to behave responsibly and with honesty and integrity in all areas of campus life including academic testing. You along are responsible for the content of any work you produce for a grade.

    Students are required to sign the following statement before taking a test in DSSS.

    I agree to abide by the following rules and procedures:

    1. Cheating is not tolerated and will be subject to disciplinary action. I will not give or receive unauthorized assistance in completing this exam. I will not refer to any materials that have not been approved by the teacher for use in taking this test. I have not received test information from anyone else, and I will not share information with anyone else.

    2. I understand that I am required to turn in all materials, including scratch paper, with the test.

    3. I understand that all electronic communication devices (including but not limited to cell phones, pagers, iPods, mp3 players, netbooks, flash drives, memory card readers, etc.) are prohibited in the testing room. I have checked all electronic devices at the front desk.

    4. I understand that I may not leave the testing area once I have begun the test. I may come to the front desk to ask a question, but may not go anywhere else including the bathroom.

    5. I understand that the Testing Center closes at 7:00 PM and that I will be basked to turn in my test at that time even if I am not finished. It is my responsibility to schedule sufficient time and to arrive on time.

    6. I am taking this test at the same time that the class is taking the test or I have gotten specific approval from my teacher to take the test at another time.

    These policies are designed to assure that students who need testing accommodations are served in the most appropriate manner, and that accommodations are available to as many qualified students as possible given the limitations in space and staff.