Exam Accommodations

Exam Accommodation Form

  1. The student will connect with you to discuss upcoming exams for the semester.
  2. The student will then complete their portion of the Exam Accommodation Form (PDF) electronically and then send the form to you and to the Disability Resource Center via email.
  3. Please respond to this email by replying all so you can include the specifics that the student will need for the exam (such as a calculator and scratch paper) and confirm the date and time the class will be taking the exam. If an alternate time/day has been discussed and agreed upon between you and the student, please include this permission as well.
  4. We are asking that students and professors/instructors include all the exam dates on one email/form so we can plan our seating to be in line with the social distancing requirements.

Exam Scheduling

  • When feasible, students are expected to take exams in a time frame that overlaps that of the class. Exceptions will be made only with instructor permission when the student’s class schedule does not allow for exam completion with all accommodations. Instructor permission must be provided either on the Exam Accommodation form or via email to drc_exam@niu.edu.
  • Testing hours at the DRC are 8 a.m -5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. on Friday. Exams must be completed by the end of the posted operational hours. Students must communicate with their professors to identify an alternate day and/or time to complete the exam if it falls outside of posted operational hours. Then, the Exam Accommodation Form is completed/updated to reflect the time and date and submitted to the DRC. Alternatives include the student taking the exam at a different time or on a different day or the instructor administering the exam with all accommodations.
  • Due to extended time accommodations, students often begin exams before the regular class time. Students will be allowed to leave the DRC once the exam is completed unless directed otherwise on the Exam Accommodation Form.

Exam Pick-up or Delivery

Exams must be provided to the DRC at least two working days before the exam. Exams received with less than two days may be returned to the instructor to administer with all appropriate accommodations, or the student will be allowed to reschedule the exam.

Exams can be faxed to 815-753-9570 or emailed to drc_exam@niu.edu. When emailing exams, Word documents are preferred for adaptation purposes.

If you would like the Disability Resource Center to pick up the exam, please reach out to our office to ensure someone will be available to do so, as we are operating with limited staffing and some departmental offices are operating on reduced schedules.

Completed Exam Return

Exams are delivered to the department office when someone is available to sign for the delivery. No exams are delivered by "sliding under a door." Exams that cannot be signed for will return to the DRC until the next delivery.

Instructors can pick up the exam in person at the DRC. If you choose this option, mark it on the Exam Accommodation form. If you plan to pick up the exam less than 48 hours post-exam, please call to be sure it is ready.

Instructors may choose to have the exam returned to them via campus mail. Please note: if you authorize the DRC to return an exam via campus mail, the DRC is relieved of any responsibility for the exam once it enters the campus mail system.

Campus mail is not an option for final exams.

Types of Exam Accommodations

  • Audiotape
  • Large print
  • Braille version
  • Low distraction room
  • Extended time
  • Use of a computer

Contact Us

Disability Resource Center
Peters Campus Life Building, Suite 180
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
815-753-9570 (fax)
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