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Working with Students with Disabilities: A Faculty/Staff Guide

Testing Services Center
Administration Building, Room 228
t. 410-704-2304
f. 410-704-4699


Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8:00am - 5:30pm; Friday 8:00am - 1:30pm

The Testing Services Center provides testing accommodations for students registered with Disability Support Services.  Services provided by the Center include, but are not limited to, extended testing time, reduced distraction space, readers, scribes, computers and Assistive Technology, as appropriate.  All tests are proctored to ensure academic honesty.

Testing  Accommodations Process

Faculty Responsibilities

  • Before accepting any test accommodation request, each term instructors should have in their possession the DSS memo authorizing test accommodations for the student.
  • At least five (5) days before the test date, the instructor should expect the student to make the request by either (1) submitting an online request, or (2) providing a paper version of the Test Accommodation Request Form.  DSS informs students that they must make their request for test accommodations in a timely manner or they may not have the opportunity to be accommodated.
  • Instructors should check their e-mail daily from Testing Services dsstesting@towson.edu.  Upon receipt of the e-mail, the instructor should review the request, approve it (if appropriate) and submit the form electronically.  A message will be sent automatically to the student and the Testing Services Center to schedule the test.

Student Responsibilities

  • To request test accommodations, the student must first give his or her instructor the DSS memo authorizing testing accommodation.  This should be done as early as possible each term.
  • Students using the Testing Services Center should follow the "Procedures for Using the Testing Services Center" available at www.towson.edu/testing.  The forms discussed below are also available at this website.
  • Students are encouraged to use the Online Testing Accommodation Request Form and submit it to their instructor at least five (5) days in advance of the test date.  The Testing Services Center will be alerted automatically when the form is submitted electronically.
  • Students may also use the paper version of the Test Accommodation Request Form by completing the student portion of the form and then giving it to the instructor at least five (5) days in advance of the test date.  The student should then call the Testing Services Center for an appointment at 410-704-2304 no later than 24 hours in advance of the test if the paper form is used.
  • On test day, students must arrive on time and be prepared to show a photo ID.  Students should also bring a pen or pencil, scantron and/or blue book (if required) and any other approved test aids (e.g., calculator, textbook, notes) to the Center.
  • If students do not make their request for test accommodations according to the procedures and in a timely manner they may not have the opportunity to be accommodated.








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