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DRC Testing Information for Faculty

The DRC is available to provide testing accommodations for students with disabilities; however, faculty may accommodate students directly as long as students receive their appropriate accommodations. DRC staff are available to consult with faculty regarding ways to provide accommodations in the classroom; call 805-756-1395 to speak with an access specialist.

For students who cannot be accommodated in class, instructors would provide the DRC with test proctoring information via our online Alternative Testing Agreement, and provide us with the exam by 2 PM the day before the test date. Common testing accommodations include: additional time, an environment with limited distractions, adapted computers, scribe, and read-aloud software.

Faculty Priorities

#1 – Complete the Alternative Testing Agreement

  • If a student is eligible for testing accommodations, their instructor will receive an email containing a list of the student's requested accommodations and a link to the Alternative Testing Agreement. (NOTE: If you haven't received an email, please check your SPAM folder.)
  • The Alternative Testing Agreement is an online form containing 8 questions for faculty. Your detailed answers to these questions will instruct DRC Testing Services on how you want us to approve and administer exams on your behalf. 
  • Faculty can fill out the Alternative Testing Agreement via the email link or by logging in to the Faculty Portal for Student Accommodations.
  • It's important that faculty complete the Alternative Testing Agreement as soon as possible so the DRC Testing team can process and approve the student's exam request. Please know that the student’s exam appointment with the DRC Testing Center cannot be confirmed without completion of the Alternative Testing Agreement by faculty.
  • Only one Alternative Testing Agreement needs to be filled out for each lecture section of a course (it will automatically be applied to all DRC students in that section). 
  • If you need to copy the agreement from one course section to another, you can do so via the Faculty Portal. (NOTE: If you use the Copy feature in the portal, please make sure you adjust exam times and dates for each section.)

#2 – Provide Exam to DRC Testing Services

Faculty can provide their exams to DRC Testing Services in any one of the following ways:

  1. Preferred option: Upload exam via the Faculty Portal or the link included in the reminder email by 2 PM the business day prior to the exam date. NOTE: If you are unable to upload the exam, please email it to drctesting@calpoly.edu by 2 PM the business day prior to exam date. We are phasing email delivery out as an option as uploading is more efficient and provides an immediate confirmation to the instructor. Upload size is 4 MB per file and you can upload multiple files. Uploaded exams are only printed by professional staff.
  2. Bring the exam to the DRC Testing office by 2 PM the day before the exam date. For drop-offs after 5 PM any other day, you can use our drop box. It’s located across the street from our building at the intersection of Cuesta Avenue and South Perimeter. It’s a white mailbox, near the stop sign. Pick up times are 7:30 AM and 2:30 PM.
  3. Give the exam to the student at the beginning of class, in a sealed envelope, to bring to the DRC. NOTE: Professors are responsible for notifying students when and where to pick up the exam. Some instructors choose this option because they prefer that students start the exam with the rest of the class to provide instructions, clarify questions, etc. 

Faculty Resources

Faculty Portal for Student Accommodations (how to use/training resources)

The Faculty Portal for Student Accommodations is a "one-stop shop" that allows faculty to do the following:

  • Submit, edit, and copy an Alternative Testing Agreement
  • See a list of exam requests scheduled by students
  • See the status of an exam request (if it was approved by DRC Testing Services or not)
  • Securely upload exams

To learn more about how to use the Faculty Portal, check out the following tutorials:

DRC Testing Services (Contact Info & Hours of Operation)

Location: Bldg 124 (Student Services, across from Spanos Stadium)
Testing Coordinator: Amy Gode (805-756-1399; agode@calpoly.edu)
Phone: 805-756-6087
Fax: 805-756-5451
Email: drctesting@calpoly.edu

Test Proctoring Hours: Monday – Thursday 7AM - 9PM, Friday 7AM - 7PM

Testing - Frequently Asked Questions

For additional information regarding test accommodations, please visit Testing Accommodations FAQ

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Location: Bldg 124 (Student Services, across from Spanos Stadium)
Phone: 805-756-1395
Fax: 805-756-5451
Email: drc@calpoly.edu

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