What is the process for students to obtain academic accommodations at Pitzer?
Students are instructed to provide documentation to PASS (not to faculty) to maintain confidentiality. Once documentation has been provided students can meet with PASS staff to officially set up appropriate accommodations which will then generate on e-letter of accommodation which is then emailed to the faculty of each course the student is registered for that semester. Once faculty receive this letter via email they are encouraged to meet with student briefly to discuss how the student’s accommodations will be carried out in the specific course.
How are exams proctored at Pitzer for students who have this accommodation?
Students are provided with an exam proctoring form which they are responsible for filling out then give to faculty to approve and sign. This proctoring form must be submitted to PASS at least one week before the exam will take place. Late forms will only be accepted if space in the testing center is still available.
If students are given a “take home exam” should their accommodation for extra time on exams still be provided?
Yes. If the class is provided 2 days to complete an exam (48 hours) then a student with the accommodation of 1.5 extra time should be given an additional 24 hours to complete the exam.
If a student is not registered with PASS should you recommend they do so if you suspect they have a disability?
No, unless a student shares with you that they have a disability you should not recommend they register for accommodations. However, you can recommend they visit PASS to discuss additional support in the form of academic coaching or other resources.
What if a student with a disability is disruptive in class?
A student with a disability who is disruptive in class should be treated as a faculty would treat any student who is disruptive in class. If a
faculty feels that there is a disability-related reason for the student’s behavior, the faculty can contact PASS to determine if there is a solution to the problem or strategies for addressing the behavior.
What if a student with a disability is failing?
It is important for faculty to remember that providing reasonable accommodations to a student with a disability does not guarantee success in the course. Students with disabilities may not master the course material, just like any other student. Students with disabilities have the same right as other students to fail as part of their educational experience. The low grade notice system should be utilized to alert the student early on in the semester about the concerns, a meeting should be set up between the faculty and student to work together identifying additional resources and support.