Arrange your Accessibility Accommodations

  • Accommodations are individualized and are intended to minimize the impact a disability has on your access to an educational setting. Accommodations provide meaningful access to the programs, services and activities at MSUM.

    Common approved accommodations can be requested below. For other requests not noted here, please contact the Director of Accessibility Resources.

    ALL accommodations you are requesting MUST be an approved accommodation and noted on your Accommodation Letter.

  • I understand that before I take the exam:

    • I must submit the online test form no less than two (2) business days in advance of the day of the scheduled exam/quiz. A business day is defined as Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    • All tests must be started early enough that they can be completed by 4:30 p.m.
    • If I am a "no-show" for an exam, the exam will be returned to the instructor and I will need to make arrangements with the instructor to make up the exam. There is no guarantee that the instructor will permit a make-up exam. Accessibility Resources will contact the instructor by email within 24 hours of the scheduled time of the missed exam.
    • I am expected to contact Accessibility Resources as well as my instructor to cancel exams if I am ill, have an emergency, or do not intend to use testing accommodations. This includes withdrawing from a course.
    • Accessibility Resources does not have the authority to reschedule a test date or start time; my instructor must approve that and notify the Accessibility Resources office via email.
    • I need to arrive on time for my exam. I may begin an exam up to 30 minutes prior to the exam’s scheduled start time.
    • If I arrive more than 20 minutes late for the scheduled exam, I will be given the choice of making other arrangements with the instructor or having the number of minutes late deducted from the time allotted for the exam. I am responsible to notify AR of other arrangements made with the instructor.

    I understand the exam rooms at Accessibility Resources have video monitoring equipment. This video surveillance can be used as proof of my actions during testing.

    I understand that while I'm taking the exam:

    • The following items are not allowed in the exam room:
      • Any communication devices, including cell phones and PDAs
      • Notes/books not permitted by the instructor
      • Coats
      • Book bags or purses
      • Hats or ball caps
    • I will not be allowed to use books, notes, or any other form of recorded information unless Accessibility Resources has received special instructions from my instructor indicating that that form of aid is allowable. Attempts to do so without permission will be reported to the instructor.
    • I must abide by the academic policies outlined in the Student Handbook in regard to Academic Honesty in all my dealings with testing accommodation. Any suspected evidence of cheating or use of unauthorized resources will be documented by Accessibility Resources staff and reported to the appropriate faculty member and the Judicial Affairs.
    • A staff member may come into the testing room at any time to perform a random integrity check.
    • I am responsible for monitoring my testing time and completing the exam in the allotted time.
    • I will not be permitted to leave the Accessibility Resources testing area once I have begun my exam.

    Register for an Exam or Quiz

    Accessibility Resources (AR) provides class notes as an accommodation if you have a documented disability that adversely affects your ability to take notes and you have been determined eligible for this accommodation.

    Procedures for Requesting a Note Taker

    1. Note taking must be an approved accommodation noted on your Accommodation Letter.
    2. When you present the Accommodation Letter to your instructor, you will discuss your note taking needs. If the instructor posts his/her notes, you likely won’t need a note taker for the class.
    3. You will inform AR about the courses for which you will require notes by completing the form for each class for which a note taker is needed.
    4. When your request for a note taker is received, we will prepare a Volunteer Note Taker Recruitment Memo (VNTRM) that we will email to your instructor. The instructor will:
      • Email the VNTRM to the class list
      • Print the form to read to the class or if the instructor knows of a student in the class who would be a good note taker, the instructor can give the VNTRM to the student and send them to the AR to get registered
    5. Once the volunteer note taker is registered with AR, you will be notified via email of the note taker’s name, email, phone number and how the note taker will provide the notes to you.

    Your Responsibilities

    1. Attend class regularly. Notes are not a substitute for attendance.
    2. You should work with the note taker to discuss how you will receive your notes, ensure the notes are of high quality, and provided in a timely manner.
    3. You should report any unresolved problems, those lasting longer than one week, to AR immediately so appropriate steps can be taken to correct the situation.
    4. If you are concerned about the quality of notes being provided, please ask the instructor to evaluate them.
    5. You must pick up your notes at least once per week if you are receiving copies provided through Accessibility Resources or the service will be discontinued.
    6. You must notify AR immediately if a class is dropped.

    By submitting the Request a Note Taker form, I agree to follow the procedures listed above.

    Request a Note Taker

    The digital age and the development of screen reading software has made it possible for individuals who cannot read or comprehend regular print to access print in various ways, hence the term alternate text format. Alternate text format (ATF) refers to the variety of ways print can be accessed using different formats which may include: Electronic text (E-text), scanned material, digital recordings and, of course, Braille.

    Text in alternate format is provided if you have a print disability, are registered with Accessibility Resources, and have been deemed eligible for this accommodation.

    Check Bookshare ( to see if the book you are requesting is available. (If you have not done so yet, please open a free Bookshare individual account.) If your textbook is not available on Bookshare then submit the Alternative Format Textbook Request form.

    Alternative Format Textbook Request form

    Interpreting Services
    Sign Language Interpreters may be provided to you if you request and demonstrate a need for interpreter services and will the benefit from such a service. In order to receive interpreting services you must be registered with MSUM Accessibility Resources.

    Priority of Services
    Requests will be covered according to the following priorities:

    1. Classroom lectures
    2. Classroom labs
    3. Class required activities
    4. Student/instructor meetings
    5. Associated student sponsored activities
    6. Approved campus activities

    Special requests for services, i.e. those not listed on your class schedule, should be made as soon as possible, preferably 72 hours in advance.

    Interpreter No Shows
    If an interpreter does not show for a scheduled assignment, please notify Accessibility Resources as soon as possible.

    Student No Shows
    Please notify Accessibility Resources 24 hours in advance, when possible, if you will not be attending class.

    If you do not show up for class; the interpreter will wait five minutes for each half hour the class is scheduled to run.

    Cancellation of Services
    If you are absent from class for three class sessions in a row, without notifying Accessibility Resources, services may be suspended. In order to reinstate interpreter services, you will need to meet with the Director of Accessibility Resources. If you continue to be absent without notification, service may be discontinued.

    Procedures for Requesting Interpreter Services
    Interpreter requests, for additional interpreting outside of regularly scheduled classes and labs, should be made 72 hours in advance via the Service Request Form below. Last minute and emergency requests will be filled if possible. However, there may be occasions when this is not possible because the needs of students in classrooms are a priority.

    Request Sign Language Interpreter

    Absence leniency is an accommodation that is recommended most often in cases where students have chronic health or unpredictable, episodic conditions that may cause them to be absent more often than the typical student. Absence leniency means that the student will not be penalized for absences within reasonable limits beyond what the course attendance policy allows (e.g., If other students lose points for being absent, a student with an absence leniency accommodation will be exempt from losing points and allowed to make up missed work). Absence leniency is approved on a case-by-case basis by Accessibility Resources (AR) and depends on each student’s individual circumstances, the degree of leniency is decided by faculty members on a course-by-course basis.

    Procedures for Requesting Absence Leniency as an Accommodation

    1. Absence Leniency must be an approved accommodation noted on your Accommodation Letter.
    2. Please review your class schedule before you make your request since you may not need Absence Leniency for all your classes but if you do, you need to request a Student/Faculty Absence Leniency form for each class.

    Request Absence Leniency