Testing Accommodations

Student eligibility

For the convenience of instructors, Disability Services offers testing services to their students with disabilities, who are eligible for testing accommodations. 

We recommend that instructors request students for verification of the right to reasonable accommodations before they agree to provide testing accommodations. Disability Services provides a verification letter to students for this purpose. Students are responsible for requesting test accommodations and providing the verification letter to their instructors.

For online exams in Moodle, students with the testing accommodation eligibility do not need to schedule the exams with Disability Services. However, for those who require a online proctor, reader, or scribe for online exams, the students must schedule their exams through the DSS Testing Center in advance.

Testing facilities in Disability Services on the Mountain Campus

Hours of Operations: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. 
If exams are scheduled outside of our testing hours, students with disabilities contact the instructor to discuss alternative arrangements.

Security: Disability Services understands the academic rigors and safety measures that instructors undertake in administrating their exams. We take test security very seriously. We will report to the instructor when we observe a student using any unauthorized materials or resources during an exam. We also stop an exam at any time if academic dishonesty is witnessed. 

Testing Rooms:
Private testing room with a computer and a video magnifier

  • 12 seats in the reduced distraction testing rooms
  • 5 computer testing seats
  • 3 private testing rooms 

No cell phones, food or beverages in the testing facilities: We are committed to ensuring an appropriate testing environment for all students who use its testing facilities. Odors and sounds from food and beverages can be distracting to others. Thus, the testing facilities do not allow any food or beverages except water. 

Policies

Instructor's Exam Instructions: Disability Services adheres strictly to the instructor's testing instructions. For changes to the exam instructions, the student must receive written approval from the instructor even when the change is as simple as a time change. 

Student's Late Arrival: If a student is up to 15 minutes late for a scheduled exam, Disability Services will subtract the time missed from the total time allowed for the exam. If a student is more than 15 minutes late, Disability Services will determine that the student is a “No Show” and the test will be returned to the instructor. The student will need to receive written permission from the instructor to reschedule the test.

Academic Dishonesty: Any student observed using any unauthorized materials or resource during an exam will be reported to the instructor. Disability Services has the right to stop an exam at any time if academic dishonesty is witnessed. Academic misconduct is subject to an academic penalty by the instructor and a disciplinary sanction by the University of Montana by the Student Conduct Code.  

Contacts

Mountain Campus: Dahn Ebert, Disability Services Testing Coordinator at 406-243-4216 or dss.testing@mso.umt.edu 

Missoula College River Campus: Betsy Cincoski, Learning Center, at 406-243-7826 or betsy.cincoski@mso.umt.edu 

Missoula College West Campus: Bonnie Kurien, Disability Services Coordinator at bonnie.kurien@umontana.edu  

Bitterroot College: Jamie Standaert, Student & Academic Affairs, at 406-375-0100 or jamie.standaert@mso.umt.edu