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Students who are eligible for testing accommodations through Disability Support Services (DSS) must share their accommodation letter with their faculty members and discuss the provision of the accommodations for each of their classes.  Faculty members will work with the Center for Academic Success to identify students who require the use of testing services.  

For exams, in particular, it is important that students contact their instructors as soon as possible and no later than seven (7) business days before the exam if they need testing accommodations.  Students who fail to contact their professor seven (7) business days before the exam, are at risk of not receiving their eligible testing accomodation.  If the instructor and the department are not able to proctor the exam, students will submit a Testing Services Request Form five (5) business days before the exam to be reviewed and confirmed by the faculty and the Center for Academic Success. Please note that proctoring requests are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.    

Final exams requests must be requested by Tuesday, April 25.


What options should faculty explore before requesting testing services?
  • There is significant benefit for students to take their examinations with their instructors and so it is important to explore all options to this end.  Rescheduling exams for students who are not able to start or complete the exam during the scheduled exam period or exploring options for proctoring by academic department staff and/or graduate students can be considered.  It is important to note that our testing services are limited and we may not be able to fulfill all requests.   
How are exams delivered to the Center for Academic Success?
  • Exams can be uploaded to Accommodate, Lehigh's exam management service, emailed to or dropped off to Williams 441 to the secured white lockbox. 
How are completed exams returned to instructors?
  • Exams can be returned electronically through Accommodate, emailed or picked up in Williams Hall 441 during our office hours of 9am-2pm, Monday through Thursday.  If these times do not work, we work with you individually to find a time to pickup the exam.    
What happens if there is inclement weather the day of the proctored exam?
  • We will contact you to see if you or your department is able to proctor the exam given the change in schedule.  If not, we will reschedule the exam based on your guidance and the student's schedule.
What happens if there is a suspected case of academic misconduct?
  • We will send all relevant information to the instructor and the Office of Student Conduct.
How are breaks administered?
  • Students requesting to use the restroom will sign out and in and note the time of the exit and reentrance.  The proctor will initial each break time.  Unless stated in the student's accommodation, the time during the break will be counted as part of the exam time (ie: the exam clock will not stop for breaks).  The proctor will include the break time log with the testing materials when they are returned.
What happens if there is a specific time in which the exam should take place?
  • Testing services will attempt to fulfill requests for specific start and end times of an exam; however, there may be some cases when this is not possible.  In the event that we are unable to meet the timing request of an instructor, we will communicate alternative available times.
What happens if a student cancels their exam or does not attend their testing appointment?
  • We will email you if a student cancels their session with advance notice or if they do not attend.  We will request your guidance for next steps.  If the exam is to be rescheduled with testing services, we can provide information about scheduling availability.