Student Testing Policy

The Office of Disability Resources (ODR) has acquired space in Lee Hall, Room 201 to provide students with group, reduced distraction testing based on approved testing accommodations. Special Note: Currently, there are no “Private Testing Rooms” available. ODR Testing is not a proctored testing area. Students testing in this space will be held accountable to the UMW Honor Code. ODR Testing is open for part-time support during the semester, with the exception of full time hours during the week of final exams.

Please note: ODR Testing is not open during the summer.

**In the case of a University delay or closure which affects a students scheduled exam in ODR Testing, it is the students responsibility to reschedule with their faculty and notify ODR as needed.**

  1. Students are responsible for meeting with their Faculty at the beginning of the semester to discuss approved testing accommodations as listed on the student’s accommodation letter. ODR does not coordinate testing accommodations on behalf of students. Prior to submitting a Testing Appointment Request through Accommodate, it is the student’s responsibility to meet with Faculty to discuss accommodations and confirm the date and time that they will be testing with ODR.
  2. Students with approved testing accommodations through the ODR have access to ODR Testing on a first-come first-serve basis, due to limited space. If a Faculty member is able to administer an exam and can arrange the approved accommodations, then the student is encouraged to test with their Faculty. The Test Administrator and ODR do not need to be notified about alternative arrangements between Faculty and student. Special Note: Students will need to be aware of the names of their classes, for example: Applied Discrete Mathematics, when scheduling.
  3. Should a Faculty member be unable to provide the testing accommodations (e.g., reduced distraction environment, technology needs associated with testing, etc.), students are encouraged to submit a request through the Accommodate Portal one week in advance of the testing date. Due to limited space, each test request must be confirmed by ODR. Students will be notified by email of this confirmation.
  4. Once the request has been confirmed, students are encouraged to remind Faculty to upload the exam to the Accommodate Portal.
  5. If the student cannot make their original scheduled testing date/time, the student should cancel their Testing Appointment in Accommodate and email their professor as soon as possible. The student is responsible for rescheduling their own exams.
  6. Students are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes prior to their scheduled exam, drop all non-required testing materials at the designated location, and be prepared to start their exam at the designated time. ODR is not responsible for loss or damage to personal items.
  7. The Test Administrator is responsible for seating students appropriately based on information provided in the testing appointment request.
  8. The only accommodations which will be able to be provided to students are those that are currently approved for the semester. For questions or concerns about approved testing accommodations, students should schedule an appointment with an ODR specialist.
  9. Students are responsible for their own personal test materials (i.e., blue books, scantron sheets, scratch paper, calculator, etc.), they will be allowed to leave and retrieve any materials prior to starting the test. The pre-scheduled start time will not change. Upon return, students will have the remainder of the allotted time.
  10. Students are responsible for contacting their Faculty and ODR Testing immediately if they are unable to take a test (scheduled at ODR Testing) due to illness or emergency. Students are responsible for coordinating makeup and rescheduled tests with Faculty.
  11. Students who have accommodations for breaks during testing should be mindful of the ODR Testing hours to access their breaks appropriately.
  12. The ODR staff is unable to clarify or answer any content-related questions during a test. Students should notify the Test Administrator or available ODR testing staff if they have a question during testing, and ODR will make their best effort to contact the Faculty via phone/email. ODR cannot guarantee that a Faculty member will be available while taking a test at ODR Testing. If a Faculty member is unavailable, students are encouraged to continue the test and write their question down. Any written questions will be included with testing materials returned to the Faculty following the test.
  13. Please note that ODR staff may come into the testing location at any time.
  14. Personal care attendants may accompany a student into the testing location to assist only with activities of daily living (e.g., assistance to the restroom) and cannot be present while the student is actively completing the test.
  15. If a Faculty issues pop quizzes and you would like to use ODR Testing space, please speak with a specialist in ODR about making arrangements.
  16. Information on approved testing materials should be provided by the Faculty member when they upload the exam. Use of materials or resources not listed on the test request form (i.e.; calculator, note card, formula sheet, etc.) is strictly prohibited. Any actual or suspected incident/evidence of improper test-taking or Honor Code violation will be documented by the Test Administrator and reported to the Faculty member.