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Accommodations are utilized in order to provide students with documented disabilities equal access to their education.  Students that have eligibility documentation on file with Elmira College’s Academic Accommodations Coordinator can be approved for a variety of appropriate accommodations.  Accommodations are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and are matched to the individual student’s identified needs.

Alternate Text Format
Students who require audio textbooks:

Note: If a disability mandates an alternative format textbook, and the book is not available through Learning Ally, the Academic Accommodations Coordinator will assist in obtaining the required text from the publisher.


Audio Record Lectures
Digital recording devices can be used by students to support their acquisition of material during lectures.  Students are encouraged to discuss the options for recording the lectures with their professors before doing such an activity.  Students must purchase and maintain their own recording device.

Students can be accommodated with approved break periods during long class sessions or testing situations.

Extended Test Time

Extended test time on quizzes, test, and exams can be provided to students.  Interval amounts for extended time are 1.5x or 2x the standard administration.  For example, a standard administration of 60 minutes on an exam would be extended to 90 minutes for a student with the 1.5x extended time accommodation. 

Sign language interprets can be requested for a student that is deaf or hard of hearing.  Elmira College will arrange interpreting services when a formal written request is submitted.  (See Disabilities Services Policy and Forms for additional details.)

Class Notes
Unless a student is physically unable to take notes, we recommend using a Livescribe Smartpen for recording and taking class notes.

Student’s whose disability necessitates note-taking service, will be provided with notes from a classmate enrolled in the same course(s), who is hired to share their notes via email.

Preferential Seating
Preferential seating provides students a location in the classroom that is most conducive to their individual learning.  Arrangements for preferential seating should be coordinated between the student and professor.

Readers for Exams
Students can be provided opportunities to have directions and/or test questions read aloud and repeated to them.  Restating and rephrasing of exam questions can also be provided when deemed appropriate.  Reading and rephrasing exam materials is done only at the request of the individual student. 

Scribe for Tests
Students with a disability that may impede his or her ability to write may require a scribe.  The student dictating to the scribe must identify correct spelling, grammar, punctuation marks, paragraph formation, and editing notations.  The scribe is responsible for transcribing the exact information from the student as it is dictated.  Final edited results will then be typed by the scribe.

Testing Location with Minimal Distractions
Exam proctoring is conducted in small individual rooms, with minimal auditory and visual stimuli, in the Gannett-Tripp Library.  Students registered with the Academic Accommodations Coordinator must request that the testing accommodations be provided for each individual exam.  White noise machines and headphones are also available upon request.

Use of Technology
Students have opportunities to be provided accommodations like: a laptop computer for in-class note taking and essay writing (laptop provided by the student), use of a digital thesaurus and spell-checker for in-class assignments, and use of a calculator for in-class assignments.

In addition, the Academic Accommodations Coordinator has the following resources available on a limited-reserve-loan basis: full-page colored overlays, magnifying glasses, reading lights, and FM System (Oticon Amigo).