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Psychology OSD Accommodations

The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) promotes and facilitates educational access for students with disabilities. Each year they serve about 650 students with various permanent or temporary documented disabilities.

Many students require extra time and/or a separate room for their exams. Psychology students with exam accommodations on their AFA letter will be scheduling their accommodated exams directly with the Triton Testing Center (TTC), unless otherwise noted by their instructor. To get started, students must fill out a TTC student registration form. Once the TTC has approved and created the account, they will be able to log in to their system to confirm the accommodations and schedule their tests within the parameters (e.g., testing window) provided by their instructor. 

To receive exam accommodations, they will need to sign up to take the exam at least 3 business days prior to their exam to ensure the TTC can secure adequate staffing and provide everything they need for your accommodations. You can find more information about the TTC and their process on the Triton Testing Center websiteIf the student's accommodations require a Scribe or Reader, then their instructional team will need to work with the student to provide this accommodation. Oftentimes, TAs and UGIAs can take on the role of a scribe or reader.

If a student forgets to sign up for their exam and the TTC is full, they will need to work with their instructional team to see if they can still receive your accommodations. The Psychology Student Affairs Office is available to schedule exam room accommodations, however, this largely depends on the availability of department space and we do our best to accommodate all OSD students. Our office would need at least 5 business days notice for any exam we would proctor if the TTC was full. Please note that the exam would also need to be within our office operating times of 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. 

Please note: OSD exam accommodations are only for in-person exams. If your class is remote, the instructional team will need to work with the student regarding their exam accommodations.

The instruction letter sent to psychology faculty and graduate students can be found here (PDF).

General reminders for Instructors:

  • Remind students to submit AFA letters to both the department and instructor within the first two weeks of class.
  • Students must register with theTriton Testing Center (TTC) to receive their OSD exam 

    accommodations. Students will need to sign up to take their exam at least 3 business days prior to the exam. If the student takes the quiz exam in class, the course teaching team is not expected to provide any 

    OSD exam accommodations (unless it pertains to a reader or scribe).

  • Remind students that they must start their tests on time and that they do not get extra time if they are late.
  • Students will be asked to show an ID card and enter the room with no personal belongings before beginning the exam.
  • Using Register Blast:
    • Since some students have extended time exam accommodations up to 2x the standard time, please set the testing windows for all exams to at least double the duration of the in-class exam so that students can register for the exams with the TTC.
    • Enter test instructions for the TTC (e.g. testing start time, etc.)
    • Utilize the "Additional Instructions" box to provide detailed information to prepare the TTC in accommodating your students (e.g. include names of students, etc.)


Sample Statement for Course Syllabi

Students requesting accommodations for this course due to a disability must provide a current Authorization for Accommodation (AFA) letter issued by the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) which is located in University Center 202 behind Center Hall. Students are required to present their AFA letters to the course instructor (please make arrangements to contact me privately) and to the Psychology Student Affairs Office OSD Liaison in advance so that accommodations may be arranged prior to the first exam or quiz.

Letter to OSD Student (Psychology Dept. procedure)

Contact the OSD for further information:

858.534.4382 (phone) (email) (website)