Types of Accommodations

TSDS works with students to provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations dependent upon each individual situation.

Most students have established ongoing accommodations, however, some students are eligible for temporary accommodations.

Common accommodations and implementation examples are listed below.

If you have questions, contact us at sdsmst@mst.edu

Students may benefit from extended time for testing. Time and a half (1.5) is the most common extended time given to students. Time and a half mean the student gets the standard testing time, plus half of the standard time.  For example, if the class has 50 minutes to take an exam, the accommodated test would be 75 minutes.

The reduced distraction environment is usually a setting outside of the usual classroom that limits auditory and visual interruptions. The environment allows for increased control of lighting, noise or other environmental distractions that impact a student’s performance. Students may need something as simple as noise-reducing headphones. When the classes are held on campus, the testing center provides a reduced distraction environment for students.
 
When classes are held online, students are responsible for making sure their physical environment is as distraction-free as possible. However, in a group online testing environment, faculty should find distraction-free ways to communicate with test-takers. This could include requiring communications via the private chat function. Chat could be used when students ask questions during an exam or when students need to verify that they have completed and uploaded their exams. Faculty should only share critical instructions during exams that are proctored in the online environment.
 

  • Faculty may fulfill this accommodation by providing space and proctor instead of using the Testing Center.
 

Students may benefit from being provided access to digital or accessible formats of learning and reading materials.  Textbooks and supplementary reading materials can be barriers of students with disabilities related to blindness, reading, and mobility. Accessible materials provide the student with reliable access to materials that require the use of assistive technologies (AT) such as readers.  

  • While this is a specific accommodation for some students, it may benefit all students to provide adequate reading and learning materials for in-person or online courses.
  • TSDS staff and the minerAccess system utilize the bookstore’s information to acquire books in alternative formats

Students may require alternate classroom seating accommodations. 

  • Preferential seating – students may benefit from sitting in a location that is most beneficial for his/her learning in the classroom. Common locations could be the front or back of the classroom; near exits; handicap seating; etc.
  •  Students may benefit from the provision to sit or stand, as needed during classroom hours.

Students may benefit from note-taking assistance which is used to provide the student with equal access in the classroom learning environment.  Common ways to provide note-taking accommodations include the following:

  • Peer Note-taker can be appointed in the classroom who is able to take notes for another student who has an academic accommodation, in a confidential manner. Typically the instructor or teaching assistant (AT) collects the notes from the note-taker and provides them to the student.

    • This accommodation may be fulfilled by the instructor posting slides or notes to Canvas
  • Provision to audio record lectures

    • Students with approved accommodations to record lectures may use phone, audio recorder, or laptop. Lecture recordings are for the personal use of students only. Recordings and parts of recordings may not be redistributed, shared, edited or re-used. Misuse of lecture recordings will be treated as misconduct and will be handled as a disciplinary matter.
  • This accommodation is not a substitute for attendance 

Students with a physical disability that severely limits or prevents the student’s motor process of writing, typing, or recording responses during testing may benefit from utilizing a scribe. This includes students with reduced ability to record responses due to pain, fracture, paralysis, loss of function, or loss of endurance, as well as students whose handwriting is indecipherable or illegible.

More info coming soon

Housing

Missouri S&T recognizes the importance of providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities seeking an on-campus living experience. Though not an extensive list, common housing accommodation requests can include:

  • A single room
  • A room near an elevator
  • A room with an accessible washroom

 All requests for reasonable accommodation will be considered.

Any student requesting housing accommodation should review Residential Life’s guide 2019-2020.

Dietary / Allergies

Individuals may have food allergies that can result in anaphylaxis, a severe and sometimes sudden allergic reaction that is potentially life-threatening and always requires an emergency response.

After meeting with the student to discuss communication preferences, TSDS staff will reach out to faculty and other campus contacts to request that notices be shared on CANVAS, verbal announcements in the classroom, and notices shared in Residential Life. Due to privacy issues, the student should not be named in these notices.

Statement  Course Participants should be aware that students may have food allergies that can result in anaphylaxis, a severe and sometimes sudden allergic reaction which is potentially life-threatening and always requires an emergency response. Disability Support Services asks that students and instructors refrain from bringing [ALLERGEN – all documented allergens will be listed] to[ CLASS NAME AND SECTION]. If anyone has consumed these types of products prior to class, we highly encourage that hands be washed before entering the room. We appreciate your assistance in providing a safe environment for all students.