Testing Accommodation Policies and Procedures

Testing Accommodations

Testing accommodations are provided as an access accommodation to those students with a documented need for alternative forms of testing.

DSS Responsibilities

  • Provide appropriate testing accommodations to students

  • Work with the student to identify the most functional testing accommodations.

  • Recruit, hire, train, and assign readers, scribes, and proctors.

  • Maintain exam/quiz security, proctoring as per instructors direction, proctoring as per the test accommodations, and insuring academic honesty.

    • If a student is suspected of violating the University of Idaho (UI) Student Code of Conduct (see below) regarding academic honesty or appears to be exhibiting suspicious behavior, DSS reserves the right to interrupt the student during testing to investigate said behavior.

    • If a violation is found to have occurred, DSS will confiscate the exam immediately and notify the instructor of the violation. It is at the discretion of the instructor on how to proceed regarding the infraction.

  • Resolve testing issues as they arise.

Student Responsibilities

  • Meet with the Testing Program Coordinator (TPC) at the beginning of every term to fill out the necessary paperwork and review program specifics.

  • Abide by Article II, Sections 1 through 4 of the UI Student Code of Conduct regarding academic honesty (see below).

    • Any violation would result in the exam/quiz being confiscated immediately and the instructor would be notified of the violation. It is at the discretion of the instructor on how to proceed regarding the infraction.

  • At least three business days before the exam/quiz please complete and submit, electronically, the “DSS Exam Accommodation Request Form” found online at http://www.uidaho.edu/studentaffairs/asap/dss/services/testing-accommodations/testing-request-form NOTE:  Submission of the Exam Request less than three days before the in class exam may result in the student not being able to take the accommodated exam/quiz at the DSS location.

  • Students needing to take an exam at an alternate date or time which does not overlap the in-class exam must complete the following steps:

    1. Obtain a paper copy of the Alternate Exam Time/Date Approval Form from the DSS Testing Office or print a copy from the link located beneath the online Testing Request icon of the DSS Website.

    2. Complete all areas of the form

    3. Take the form to the instructor to obtain signed approval of the requested time and/or date.

    4. Return the completed and signed form to the DSS Office no less than three business days before the in class exam.

  • Contact the TPC if you need to cancel or make a correction to a submitted exam request.

  • DSS has reserved testing space per your request; if you arrive late to your exam at DSS you will receive only the amount of time remaining in your reservation. 

    • If the student is late 30 minutes or more for an exam there are two options available:

      1. Take the exam using only the remaining time of reservation

      1. Obtain instructor signed permission on the “Alternate Exam Time/Date Approval Form” to take the exam at an alternate date and time while giving DSS TPC adequate time to reserve testing space for request.

  • All testing at the DSS office will occur during normal hours of operation, Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm. 

    • The DSS Testing Office is open extended hours the last two weeks of the term to accommodate Final exams.  Contact DSS Testing Office for details.

  • The deadline to sign up for final exams is the Friday before dead week.  Students from the College of Law have different exam schedules and may have different Exam Request deadlines.  Contact the TPC for those deadlines.

  • While testing:

    • Students should not have their back to the testing room door for proctoring purposes.

    • Students are allowed DSS accommodative approved or Instructor approved materials ONLY!

  • Students who take a rest period or bathroom break during testing that is not an accommodation will forfeit that time. 

  • Bathroom breaks should be of reasonable length and is included in the testing time unless otherwise noted.  The exam must be taken to the proctor during the break for security purposes.

  • A student who is allowed a rest period as an accommodation outside the testing room will be directed to a DSS designated area.  The exam must be given to the proctor during the break for security purposes. 

  • When the designated time has expired the student will be notified by a DSS staff member.

    • The student must stop taking the exam/quiz once the accommodated time has expired and promptly give it to a DSS staff member. 

  • Bring any questions, concerns, or changes to the attention of the TPC as soon as possible.

  • For security purposes, students do not handle exams/quizzes to and from the instructor or DSS.

University of Idaho Student Code of Conduct, Article II Academic Honesty


  1. Cheating on classroom or outside assignments, examinations, or test is a violation of this code. Plagiarism, falsification of academic records, and the acquisition or use of test materials without faculty authorization are considered forms of academic dishonesty and, as such, are violations of this code. Because academic honesty and integrity are core values at a university, the faculty finds that even one incident of academic dishonesty seriously and critically endangers the essential operation of the university and may merit expulsion. [rev. 7-98]

  1. The operation of UI requires the accuracy and protection of its records and documents. To use, make, forge, print, reproduce, copy, alter, remove, or destroy any records, document, or identification used or maintained by UI violates this code when done with intent to defraud or misinform. Entrance without proper authority into any private office or space of a member of the faculty, staff, or student body is a violation of this code.

  1. Instructors and students are responsible for maintaining academic standards and integrity in their classes. Consequences for academic dishonesty may be imposed by the course instructor. Such consequences may include but cannot exceed a grade of “F” in the course. The instructor should attempt to notify the student of the suspected academic dishonesty and give the student an opportunity to respond. The notice and the opportunity may be informal and need not be in writing. Penalties for any disciplinary infraction must be judicially imposed. [See 1640.02 C-5]

  1. Instructors may report incidents of academic dishonesty to the Dean of Students. Upon receiving such a report, the Dean of Students shall provide the students with written notice that a report has been made and an opportunity to meet with the dean to discuss the report. The Dean of Students shall maintain the report and any record of the meeting for a period of time deemed appropriate by the dean. The Dean of Students may file a complaint against the student after the meeting has taken place or the student has elected, either affirmatively or through inaction, not to meet with the dean. [add. 7-98]