DAS Cascades Testing

 

 

DAS Testing Location and Hours of Operation

Tykeson Hall 210 D
1500 SW Chandler Avenue, Bend, Oregon 97702

Monday–Friday 8am–5pm

All exams must be scheduled in advance. DAS cannot approve same-day requests.

 

Alternative Testing Exam Accommodations

DAS is committed to providing reasonable testing accommodations for eligible students. Exam accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis and may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Quiet location
  • Extended time
  • Room alone
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Accessible Furniture
  • Accessible Format*
  • Computer Screen Reader*
  • Computer Word Processor
  • Computer Speech to Text*
  • Reader*
  • Scribe*
  • Spell checker*
  • Calculator*
  • Memory Aid*

ACCESSIBLE FORMATS
Accessible Formats are exam materials converted into various accessible MS Word documents, PDFs, Braille, etc. to meet a student’s disability-related needs.

COMPUTER SCREEN READER
A Computer Screen Reader is software that will provide written or online text in an audio format. Exams must be provided in a highlight-able PDF or Word document to provide computer screen reader accommodations. Highlight-able refers to text that can be clicked and highlighted with the mouse.

If the exam is built in Canvas, students will use Readspeaker and Textaid for this accommodation, and faculty do not need to provide a highlight-able PDF or Word Document.

COMPUTER SPEECH TO TEXT
Computer Speech to Text is software that will transcribe a student’s speech into a text document. The student speaks directly into a microphone to create a text document. The software does not provide the student assistance with grammar, spelling, or punctuation; therefore the student will be responsible for editing the document as needed.

READERS

Readers are live people who will read what is on the printed page. They cannot be asked to interpret, define, explain or reword questions.

Student Expectations for Readers:

  • Readers can be asked to repeat information
  • Readers need feedback from the student to be effective. Students should let the reader know what reading tone, rate, etc. works best for them.

SCRIBES
Scribes will write down verbatim what students have dictated. The scribe is not responsible for organizing or paraphrasing students' words, or for correcting grammar and punctuation. Students may request at any time to review what the scribe has written, either by viewing it themselves or asking the scribe to read it aloud.

Student Expectations for Scribes:

  • Students are responsible for directing the scribe for any spelling of specific class-related terminology or punctuation within sentences.
  • If there are corrections, the student will direct the scribe to make them.

SPELL CHECKER
Students with a specific learning disability which impacts spelling may be eligible to receive a reasonable accommodation for in‐class assignments and in‐class exams. Click here to view the full policy on reasonable accommodations for spell checker.

CALCULATOR
For students who have a learning disability that impacts arithmetic computation, using a simple calculator could be a reasonable accommodation. Click here to view the full policy on reasonable accommodations for calculator.

MEMORY AID
For students who have documented disabilities that affect memory, using a memory aid/cue sheet may be a reasonable accommodation. Click here to view the full policy on reasonable accommodations for memory aid.

 

Student Responsibilities

  • Request accommodations each term.
  • If an Alternative Testing Agreement is not completed after the beginning of the term and/or more than two business days after submitting the request for accommodations, students are encouraged to email their faculty about completing the agreement.  If the agreement is still not filled out, students should notify their DAS Advisor or DAS Testing Center that the agreement has not been completed at least a week before the first scheduled class exam so additional follow up can occur in a timely manner.

Scheduling Exams with DAS
  • After faculty submit an Alternative Testing Agreement for DAS to proctor exams, students should email CascadesDAS@osucascades.edu to schedule exams with OSU Cascades Testing Proctoring Services.
  • Exam requests must be submitted according to DAS scheduling deadlines and the course identified dates and times in the syllabus. Students should be scheduling and taking exams the same time as their class peers. If there are scheduling issues, please contact email CascadesDAS@osucascades.edu.
  • Flexibility with exam times is ONLY allowed for the following reasons:
    • limited testing space (DAS decision)
    • exam/class time overlap (confirmed by DAS)
    • DAS scheduling conflicts (DAS decision)
  • In the event that one of these exceptions apply, exams should be scheduled as close to the group exam time as possible within the amount of time specified by faculty in the testing agreement.
    • If a flexible exam time is needed for any reason other than the three outlined above, or if the exam time is outside of the scheduling window indicated in the testing agreement, students are responsible for seeking faculty permission and forwarding it to CascadesDAS@osucascades.edu.
  • Students are encouraged to request all quizzes, midterms and final exams as soon as their faculty have completed the DAS Alternative Testing Agreement. Exam requests must be made at least five (5) business days (not including weekends of holidays) in advance for midterms and quizzes, and ten (10) business days for finals. See Chapter 4 for more information.
  • Requests for scribes and readers may necessitate additional time to coordinate.
  • Email CascadesDAS@osucascades.edu if you have questions or need additional information
Reviewing Testing Policies and Procedures
  • Students should arrive on time and be prepared to take their exam at the identified time. Additional study time is not allowed, nor is additional time added for students arriving late or for students who do not finish within the allotted time frame.
  • A valid photo ID must be presented at the time of testing. If valid photo ID is not presented, a photo of the student will be taken and emailed to the instructor for verification.
  • The proctor will review the exam instructions with the student, including time and materials allowed (i.e. note card, calculator).
  • Only authorized testing materials are allowed in the testing rooms. All personal items must be stored in designated areas. Testing staff is not responsible for personal property brought into the testing center.
  • Prohibited items in the testing room include, but are not limited to:
    • Cellular phones, pagers, or other electronic devices
    • Watches (smart or analog)
    • Bags, backpacks, purses
    • Hats and jackets may be worn, but if they are removed in the testing room they must be hung on the back of the chair or placed on the floor; they cannot be placed on the desk.
  • Food and beverages are allowed in the testing room as long as they will not be distracting to other students.
  • Clocks, earplugs, and noise-cancelling headphones are available to students upon request.
  • Once the exam begins, students are not allowed to leave the testing site for any reason.
  • Tests will not be administered beyond the scheduled exam time and deadlines set by the instructor.
  • Students are responsible for monitoring their exam time; a clock is available upon request. DAS staff can also give courtesy 15-minute warnings, though these can’t be guaranteed during busy times.
  • No additional time is added to exams when students take breaks, use the restroom, or do not receive a courtesy 15-minute warning.
  • When the scheduled exam time ends, the exam will be collected and emailed to faculty.

Academic Integrity
The OSU Student Code of Conduct provisions regarding disruptive behavior and/or academic dishonesty applies to both classroom exams and exams administered at the DAS Testing Center.

DAS has the right to stop an exam at any time if a violation is observed, including use of unauthorized materials or resources during an exam. All violations will be reported to faculty. Violations may also be reported to OSU Student Conduct and result in a review and modification of accommodation requests.

Violations include but are not limited to:

  • Having prohibited items in the testing room
  • Going beyond the allotted testing time
  • Accessing unauthorized materials during exams
  • Giving or receiving help from others
  • Failing to follow the direction of DAS Testing Center staff

Please refer to Academic Regulation 15 in the Online Catalog for Oregon State University's policies on Honesty in Academic Work.

Late For an Exam
If a student is late for a scheduled exam for any reason, the student forfeits the missed time; no additional time will be granted to make up for the student's late arrival. Proctors will wait up to 20 minutes before determining that the student is a "no show."

No Show
If students fail to show up for an exam for any reason, the test will be returned immediately to faculty. Students are responsible for seeking faculty permission to reschedule any missed exams, before DAS will consider the request. The student must forward their faculty member’s written permission to CascadesDAS@osucascades.edu for the OSU Cascades Testing Center as well as coordinate rescheduling the exam for a day and time agreeable to all parties (the student, the faculty member, and DAS). There is no guarantee that the faculty member will permit a make-up exam.

Illness and Other Reschedule Requests
If students are ill or need to reschedule exams for any other reason, they will need to obtain their faculties written permission, and forward it to CascadesDAS@osucascades.edu for the OSU Cascades DAS Testing Center before DAS will consider the request. There is no guarantee that the faculty member will permit a rescheduled exam.

Cancellations
If exam requests with DAS need to be canceled for any reason, students are responsible for emailing to CascadesDAS@osucascades.edu for the OSU Cascades Testing Center, in advance of the scheduled exam. This includes cancellations when students decide to take the exam in class, when the class exam was canceled by faculty, or when the student drops or withdraws from the class.

 

Faculty Responsibilities

  • Review the Notification of Academic Accommodations email sent for each registered DAS student in a course.
  • Use the link in the email to complete an Alternative Testing Agreement within two business days of receiving the notification. The Alternative Testing Agreement identifies who will be proctoring the exam, where the exam will take place, and the necessary exam instructions if DAS will be the exam proctor.
  • If an Alternative Testing Agreement is not submitted for an on-campus course, faculty are responsible for providing all of their students’ testing accommodations. Do NOT submit a testing agreement for Ecampus courses. Students should disregard any DAS dashboard message directing them to contact their instructor to fill out a testing agreement for Ecampus courses.
  • Input all extended time accommodations for exams and quizzes in Canvas.
  • Emailed exams can be sent to CascadesDAS@osucascades.edu and need to be received at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Faculty are not required to submit more than one Alternative Testing Agreement per course section. The Testing Agreement submitted will automatically be applied to all eligible students in that course section and can be copied to multiple courses, sections, or terms at the faculty’s request.
  • Approved testing accommodations also apply to pop quizzes. Email CascadesDAS@osucascades.edu to partner with DAS Testing Services to provide accommodations for pop quizzes.
  • Email CascadesDAS@osucascades.edu with questions or to receive additional information.

 

Page updated: 3/2019