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For students who have documented disabilities that affect memory, using a memory aid/cue sheet may be a reasonable accommodation. The memory aid/cue sheet allows the student to demonstrate knowledge of course material by helping prompt the student’s memory, not by providing the answer. Students are responsible for learning course materials, for discerning which materials may require cues or triggers, for developing the cues that will appear on the aid, and for securing the faculty member’s approval of the aid.
If the faculty member is concerned this accommodations is unreasonable because it will lower standards, compromise an essential component of or fundamentally alter a course or program, such concerns should be addressed to DAS upon receipt of the “Notification of Academic Accommodations” email. The determination that an accommodation is unreasonable is an institutional decision that must be made within legal parameters and in consultation with DAS. Faculty should not unilaterally render and attempt to implement a judgement that an accommodation is unreasonable.
Styles of memory aids may vary. Generally, they can be written or typed, 10 or 12 font, on a large index card, OR up to one side of an 8 ½” x 11” sheet of paper.
At the discretion of the instructor, a memory aid/cue sheet may or may not contain acronyms, short phrases, pictures, schematic diagrams or mind maps, names, definitions, tables, charts or key terms and certain formulae.
A memory aid/cue sheet is not meant to record all the facts, concepts or processes being tested. A memory aid/cue sheet should NOT
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