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Use of a Computer for Essay Exams

Through this accommodation, a student is granted access to a computer for use while writing essay exams.

A student may be granted the use of a computer for a variety of reasons (e.g. word processing assistance, screen readers). Faculty may provide a computer for students use, or they may contact the services for students with disabilities office for assistance. If faculty provide a computer, they should also provide a private testing environment to protect the student's confidentiality and privacy.

Responsibilities


Student

The student is responsible for coordinating with the services for students with disabilities office to determine if the use of a computer during testing would be an appropriate accommodation; students should also alert the services office if there are any problems with computer use during their testing.

Faculty

Faculty should coordinate with the services for students with disabilities office to provide a computer for use by the student during testing.

Administration

The services for students with disabilities office is responsible for determining eligibility for this accommodation, for notifying faculty of the student's right to use a computer during testing, and to provide a computer for use if the faculty is not providing one.

Resources

Related Functional Characteristics

Motor Skill (Fine) : The use of a computer for essay exams requires less fine motor control than writing with a pen or pencil allowing the student to independently take exams.

Low Vision : Students may need a computer for essay exams if they can use a screen reader to edit their essay.

Blindness : Students may need a computer for essay exams if they can use a screen reader to edit their essay.

Hearing Loss : Because there are differences between ASL and written English, students with hearing loss whose primary language is ASL may require a computer with software to check spelling, punctuation, and grammar for essay exams.

Deafness : Because there are differences between ASL and written English, students who are deaf may require a computer with software to check spelling, punctuation, and grammar for essay exams.

Fatigue (Cognitive) : Using a computer for essay exams allows students to more easily revise their answers without spending extensive effort on rewriting.

Production (Written) : On essay exams, computer editing tools allow students to focus their efforts on correct content rather than on grammatical, formatting, or spelling concerns.

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