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FGCU Office of Adaptive Services Common Accommodations Defined
The Office of Adaptive Services works in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 in order to supply support services for qualifying students. The Office of Adaptive Services is responsible for obtaining and maintaining disability-related documentation, and for ensuring that student requests for accommodations are appropriately provided. Accommodation forms detailing the necessary accommodations for the student will be sent to the appropriate professors. Definitions for the most common accommodations are provided below.
Classroom Accommodations

Based on the accommodations, some students may need certain services or may need special consideration in a classroom setting. The following are common accommodation requests:

  • Tape Record Lectures: The student may need to tape record the lectures during class in order to have them for reference. The student may need assistance in finding an accessible location for the tape recorder.
  • Note Taker: The student may need a fellow student to take notes during the class period. The professor will be asked to inform his or her class that a note taker is needed. Any student interested in taking notes can be referred to the office of Adaptive Services and compensated for their time with Service Learning hours.
  • Preferential Seating: Due to a disability, a student may need to sit in a specific location in the classroom in order to better use his or her environment. Wheelchair access seating also falls within this category.
  • Oral Instruction: The student may need to have instructions read by the professor instead of written or typed text.
  • Books in Audio Format: The student receives textbooks in an audiotape or digital format.  Instructors are not required to provide audio books, but may be contacted by Adaptive Services for specific reading content that is needed to secure the audio versions. 
  • Ability to Leave Class Periodically: The student may need to leave class periodically due to the conditions of his or her disability. The professor is asked not to penalize the student unless the situation is inappropriate.
  • No Penalty for Absences: The student may miss class periodically due to conditions of his or her disability. The instructor is asked not to penalize the student for occasional absences and to allow the student to make up work. Documentation explaining that absence(s) is / are related to the disability is required.
  • Sign Language Interpreter: Students may need a sign language interpreter. The students are required to fill out an “Interpreter Request Form” that is available in the Office of Adaptive Services. In order to accommodate the interpreter, the professor is asked to supply the interpreter ahead of time with a copy of any notes used during the lecture or handouts used during the class. The professor is also asked to inform the interpreter of any audiovisual presentation so that Closed Captioning can be arranged.


Exam Accommodations

Instructors are encouraged to provide testing and quiz accommodations for the students as much as possible.  However, if an instructor is physically, or logistically, unable to provide the testing accommodations, Adaptive Services can proctor exams and quizzes.  Students are required to provide Adaptive Services with a completed Test Schedule Form, including the instructor's information and signature, before he or she is able to test. The forms are available as a hard copy in the Office of Adaptive Services and must be turned in within 4 business days of the testing date. Please note: all test proctoring in Adaptive Services is on a first come, first serve basis and due to space limitations, students may be referred back to the instructors for providing the necessary exam accommodations.

Some common accommodations the student may need during an exam are as follows:

  • Extended Time: Students who require extended time must receive at least one and one-half times the alotted class time for taking the exam.  In some cases, double time may apply and instructors will be notified on a case by case basis. If a student is testing in Adaptive Services, he/she will be allowed double time for every test, unless another amount of time is specified by the instructor.
  • Low Distraction Environment: Students who request this accommodation need to test in a quiet room, such as an office or cubicle.
  • Audio / Tape Recorded Exam: Students will need their exams read aloud or provided in an audio version.
  • Computer / Word Processor: Students are allowed to use a computer for exams.
  • Use of Calculator and Formula Sheet: Students are allowed to use a calculator and/or formula sheets on an exam.
Some accommodations, specified under “other”, are unique to a student’s given disability and personal needs. Any specific accommodations will be explained to the instructor on a case-by-case basis.
Any questions or concerns in regards to any of the accommodations listed here or on the accommodation forms can be directed to Adaptive Services at 590-7956 or at