The procedures for all students using testing accommodations through Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) are as follows:
MAKE AN APPOINTMENT: Qualified students with a disability are required to make an appointment a minimum of 3 business days prior to the date of the exam. DSPS will continue to allow testing as space and resources are available.
EXTRA TIME: For students who receive extended time and a distraction reduced environment for exams, time and one-half is the general standard that is provided. In some cases, double time is allowed. Each request is evaluated individually by a DSPS Specialist based upon the educational limitations presented by a professionally verified disability.
TEST SECURITY: The security and integrity of your exam is a fundamental priority for DSPS staff. Students take exams under DSPS staff supervision with all backpacks, purses, and any unauthorized materials or electronics (cell phones, smart watches, ipads, laptops etc.) secured in locked cabinets.
SCHEDULING: Students are encouraged to take exams on the same day and time as their class. However, with extra-time considerations this may not be possible. In those instances arrangements must be approved by instructors and are made as close as possible to the regularly scheduled day and time.
- RESCHEDULING: Students, the DSPS Director, test proctoring staff, or counselors are not allowed to reschedule an exam unless approved by your professor( faculty). The professor should email or call the DSPS office to confirm they have approved a rescheduled exam. Please note, DSPS may not be able to accommodate a last minute rescheduling, as we experience high volumes of testing.
TESTING ROOMS: DSPS testing rooms may be occupied by more than one student at a time. Students sharing a testing room will not be taking the same exam. All students are under supervision during the testing process.
APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR: Students may not ask test proctors for help answering exam questions. In addition, students may not leave during the exam to attend class or take a break, etc. All exams must be started and completed in the same session. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule the exam during designated testing hours which do not interfere with other activities, such as class.
TARDINESS AND NO SHOWS: The test proctor will wait no more than 15 minutes for students who show up late. After 15 minutes you will be marked as a “no show”. The amount of time you are late will be taken off the total amount of time you have to complete the exam. Your late arrival may also result in having to reschedule your exam appointment.If you no show three times during the semester, you may have to attend a mandatory meeting with DSPS director to determine if your testing privileges will be stopped for that semester.
ACADEMIC HONESTY: Any violations of the Rio Hondo College Code of Conduct including cheating, plagiarism or any other acts of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Executive Dean of Student Affairs and Equity, and your instructor will be notified. These actions may be considered an abuse of DSPS services and may result in a suspension of DSPS services. See: Student Conduct Violations