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Faculty members are an integral part of maintaining an accessible academic community. Students with approved accommodations have submitted substantial and appropriate documentation which has been vetted and reviewed by the staff of the Goldman Center. After being approved for accommodations, students are oriented to the process for implementing those accommodations. Students are encouraged to meet with instructors to discuss their accommodations and make any necessary arrangements for implementing them.

The Goldman Center recommends the following syllabus statement:

If you believe you may encounter barriers to the academic environment due to your specific learning style or known challenges, please feel free to contact me and/or the Goldman Center for Student Accessibility. Any student with approved academic accommodations is encouraged to contact me during office hours or by e-mailing me to schedule an appointment. If you have questions regarding registering a disability or receiving accommodations, please contact the Goldman Center for Student Accessibility at 504-862-8433 or

The Goldman Center utilizes an online management system allowing easier access for a students and instructors. Please see the Instructor Guide for information about how this new system effects the student process for activating accommodations and arranging for alternative testing.

Faculty are obligated to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (Pub. L. No. 101-336), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Pub. L. No. 93-112, § 504, as amended), and state and local requirements regarding individuals with disabilities. If you have questions regarding an approved accommodation, or the Goldman Center’s processes, please contact us at (504) 862-8433. 



How will I know if a student has approved accommodations?

Each semester, instructors will receive an e-mail (noted as the Faculty Notification Letter) detailing the student's name, course number, and approved accommodations. This email is for your information and requires no further action.  

It is unlawful to ask the nature of a student’s disability. Keep in mind, most disabilities are not visible.

Although we recommend that students activate accommodations at the beginning of the semester, they have the right to disclose their need for accommodations at any time during the semester. However, accommodations are not retroactive.

How do I make sure my students receive their accommodations? 

Many accommodations do not require much instructor involvement, such as permission for a student to audio record lectures, or note-taking assistance. However, other accommodations, such as testing accommodations, require more professor involvement. The Goldman Center for Student Accessibility stands ready to support professors to ensure that all students are properly supported. 

How do I manage testing accommodations? 

The professor and the student should collaborate and decide how best to handle the student's accommodations, but ultimately, professors have the right to decide if testing students themselves is feasible or not. After you receive the Faculty Notification Letter, you are responsible ensuring the students receive their testing accommodations. You may opt to test students yourself or have them test in the Goldman Testing Center.   

Students are not allowed to mandate where they test. The Goldman Testing Center is a service to professors provided by the University.

I choose not to test a student with accommodations myself, how do I schedule a student to test at the Goldman Testing Center? 

After receiving your Faculty Notification Letter (via email as referenced above), the student will meet with you to discuss their Alternative Testing Contract. This contract can be completed online through the student's online access to the Goldman Center. However, students may have a paper copy of the form in hand when they meet with you and elect to complete the online portion after the meeting.

ALL of the information requested on the Alternative Testing Contract is essential for our Center to properly proctor your exam.

Please include your contact information, including a cell phone number if possible. We will not give this number to the student, but we will use it to contact you should there be any question or problem with the exam.

Students are responsible for scheduling exams at the Goldman Testing Center at least 4 business days in advance.

Instructors are responsible for delivering the exams. Please plan to deliver your exam 24 hours before it is scheduled. You will receive an email reminder of a scheduled exam which will include a link directly into our secure online system. Please utilize this link if possible. As an alternative, you may send the exam electronically to or deliver it in person to our Testing Center in the Science & Engineering Lab Complex (Building 14), Suite 103.

Completed exams may be picked up by the instructor, TA, GA or authorized student worker. The Testing Center staff will have whoever picks up the exams sign for them.

Instructors may opt to have completed exam scanned and returned via email. Please note: Tests taken in blue books cannot be scanned. The Goldman Testing Center makes no guarantees about the quality of scanned tests taken in pencil. Scanned exams will be held on file in the Testing Center office for one semester.

During the Fall and Spring semesters, the Testing Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday. During the final exam period, the Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. each day (including weekends) that is designated in the University's final exam schedule.

If an exam cannot be scheduled during our operating hours, the responsibility falls with the instructor to accommodate the student.

How do I know that my test is secure at the Goldman Testing Center? 

We administer all tests and make sure test papers are under direct supervision or locked in a secure location at all times. Students in testing rooms may be monitored by video camera. The Goldman Center staff or the professor may check in on students with or without knocking. Under no circumstances are the students allowed backpacks, mobile phones, or personal technology (such as iWatches) in the testing rooms.   

Any student suspected of cheating may be questioned by our staff or the professor. Should a student be caught cheating, all materials in the testing room will be confiscated, including the materials being used to cheat. The professor and the dean of the college will be contacted. All evidence will be submitted to the professor with a report from the proctor who observed the student.