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COVID-19 SDS Procedures for Faculty

We want to reassure you that SDS is here to assist as you make the transition into online classes this semester. To that end, we’ve compiled general guidance regarding accommodations for SDS students in the virtual environment.

Testing Accommodations

In general, SDS students should be assessed using the same examination/assessment tools that are being used with the rest of the students in the class.

Given the fact that classes are now being taught in the online environment, SDS students will not be taking exams in the SDS testing center. However, they will still be eligible for their extended time accommodations. We have notified students that they should continue to submit exam requests through our online system, as they typically do, because we believe this will provide additional support to both professors and students by helping to ensure students receive their extended time.

The process is as follows: when SDS receives the exam request from the student, the online confirmation form will be forwarded to the professor who will then simply notate that the exam is being administered online. Professors will then receive an email reminder to change those students’ time allowances in Canvas, depending on their approved extended time length. Instructions are available on how to set the extended time limit for specific students in Canvas. The email reminders that professors will receive will also include these instructions.

Professors who anticipate any unusual testing situations are asked to reach out to SDS; we are happy to assist as always. You can reach us by email at or by phone at 317-940-9308.

COPHS (Pharmacy and PA) Faculty

We will be communicating with all SDS-registered COPHS students to notify them that they should request exam requests as noted above for all exams except for those exams that are administered via ExamSoft. SDS students do not need to submit requests for Exam Soft exams as extended time limits for ExamSoft exams will be automatically set.

Other Support and Assistance

The SDS staff is available, as always, during regular business hours—Monday–Friday, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM—to answer questions and provide consultation regarding any type of disability-related matters. On those subjects, we encourage you to be in touch just as you would during a more typical face-to-face semester. As always, if you have concerns about an SDS student or questions regarding how to best support a student, you can reach us by email at or by phone at 317-940-9308, including days when SDS staff is working remotely.

Because SDS student accommodations are all individually determined, there may be other issues that arise. Please don’t hesitate to call our office at 317-940-9308 or to email us at for individual discussions. As always, we are here to support you in your work with students with disabilities.

Thank you for all that you’re doing to support students during these extreme circumstances. We look forward to seeing each of you again soon!