Student Disability Services
Winter Quarter Newsletter
SDS would like to wish you all a happy new year and productive start to 2024!
- Update on SDS Testing
- Events and Opportunities
- Contacting SDS
College Students With Testing Accommodations Only
SDS has updated testing accommodation procedures for Winter Quarter for College students with testing accommodations. During Winter Quarter, SDS will continue to provide proctoring support for students with unique accommodations as outlined below. However, testing arrangements for all other testing accommodations not falling under the unique accommodations category will be coordinated directly by your instructor or their designee. Additionally, as in past quarters, some instructors may choose to make proctoring arrangements for their own exams on behalf of all eligible students in the course.
Following sending the Faculty Notification Letter to your instructors, it is important that students reach out to their instructor at least 7 days in advance of an exam/quiz to discuss testing arrangements and procedures in the course. If your instructor confirms that you will be testing with SDS, you will need to submit an exam request via the AIM Student Portal for each exam/quiz. Students testing with SDS should submit each exam request to SDS at least 7 days in advance of an exam/quiz date. Information about using exam accommodations and exam proctoring policies is available on our website as a resource to students.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding testing arrangements for unique accommodations, please contact SDS at email@example.com. For clarification and details regarding all other testing accommodations, please contact your instructor(s). If you or your instructor(s) have any questions relating to the change in service or the implementation of your approved testing accommodations, please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-702-6000, and we would be happy to assist.
Unique exam accommodations proctored by SDS encompasses a diverse range of specific needs, including but not limited to:
- Extended time above 2x (e.g., 2.25X, 2.5x, 3x)
- Individual exam room
- Use of a computer as approved by SDS
- Stop-the-clock breaks
- Scribe assistance
- Use of assistive technology or software applications
- Customized physical or environmental arrangements
- Special seating or furniture
- Enlarged print exam formats
- Paper-based exams for disability-related reasons
College Students Only: AIM Portal Procedures
Graduate/Professional Students Only:
Accommodation implementation varies by academic division. Please consult with your disability liaison within your graduate/professional division and follow the procedures to make arrangements for accommodations during Winter Quarter.
Contact information for your graduate and professional disability liaison is available on the Disability Liaisons webpage.
Improve Your Notetaking with Glean
Student Disability Services is excited to partner with Glean, a browser-based app that can be used online or offline to help you take better notes, pinpoint important information, and keep a recording of class meetings.
Check out this brief video for an overview of the ways Glean can help students take better notes:
Dial-A-Ride, a point-to-point shuttle service for students with temporary and long-term conditions that affect mobility. The service provides rides to and from classes and medical appointments at the University of Chicago Medicine Complex. Rides must be scheduled at least three business days in advance.
Lyft services are also available to approved students as a supplemental option for gaps in scheduled Dial-A-Ride services. If you have questions about transportation during the Winter, please contact your assigned SDS Director.
If you have any access concerns relating to construction activity around campus, please contact our office.
Using the Accessibility Checker in Word and PowerPoint
Wednesday, January 10, 2024 from 2–2:45 p.m.
Learn how to build accessible documents with the applications you’re already using every day. In this session you’ll see how Microsoft’s built-in accessibility checkers can help you create inclusive content in Word and PowerPoint.
Please register through Zoom to attend
Resident Assistant Opening
Consider applying to one of UChicago’s premier Student Leadership opportunities! Housing & Residence Life is looking for Resident Assistants. Within this role, you will get experience with programming and community building while leading one of the Houses. This amazing opportunity also comes with Housing & a Meal Plan.
Learn more at https://college,uchicago.edu/housing-residence-life/hrl-staffing-opportunities
Videos to Help You Succeed
For more information on how to access SDS services and other helpful tips to aid you on your academic journey, check out the videos linked below!
Check out our list of disability-related dates coming up this quarter!
Stay up to date with SDS by following us on Instagram. Click the link below to access our account!
The SDS office is available remotely via Zoom or telephone and in person by appointment only. For questions about accommodations or access matters, you may email questions to email@example.com or call 773-702-6000.
To set up an appointment with an SDS Director:
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