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Testing Policy

Policies and Procedures for the Disability Services Testing Center

These policies and procedures are for all students who are registered with the Disability Services office and receive the accommodation of taking exams in the DS office Testing Center. NOTE: Student should provide the accommodation letters to their professor(s) before the student requests to test in the DS Testing Center.

 

Policies

  • Exams must be scheduled with the Disability Services office at least 5 business days (Mon-Fri) prior to the test date. (Any exam not scheduled in advance may result in the DS office not acquiring the exam.) Final exams should be scheduled 2 WEEKS in advance. NOTE: Refer to course syllabi to schedule all exams early in the semester.
  • Exams should be scheduled at the same time the class is scheduled to take the exam. The student MAY NOT adjust the time or date of the exam without prior written approval from the instructor. Note: The DS office hours are 8am-5pm Monday-Friday. Any exams scheduled outside of these times should be scheduled in advance with the professor and DS office.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to remind the instructor that he or she is taking the exam in the DS office Testing Center.
  • The student should explain the testing procedures to their professors and inform him/her that the test can be picked up by a member of the DS staff, dropped off at the DS office (UC #108) or e-mailed to disabilityservices@utpa.edu, along with any special instructions, prior to the time the student is scheduled to take the exam.
  • On the day of your exam the student should come to the DS office Testing Center prepared and ready to begin the exam at the scheduled time. Note: If you show up late, your time WILL NOT be adjusted.
  • If the student does not show up for the exam, it will be returned to the instructor the following day.
  • If a professor does not submit proctoring instructions, the student will not be allowed to take any testing aids into the testing room. Examples of items not allowed during a test:
    • Books, notes, formula sheets, or any paper not previously approved by the instructor or DS staff
    • Electronic devices such as cell phones, pagers, PDAs, iPods/iPads, flash drives, etc.
    • Backpack/Bags/Purses
    • Hats/Caps/Visors
    • Drink bottles with labels
    • Any other items not previously approved by the instructor or DS staff
  • It is the student’s responsibility to provide a scantron or bluebook when necessary.
  • If a student misses two scheduled testing reservations without notifying the DS office, he or she must meet with a member of the DS staff before they will be allowed to schedule any further exams.

 

Procedures

  1. Come to the DS office (or fill out the Test Request Form online) 5 days prior the scheduled date of your exam and complete a “Test Request Form”.
  2. Your request will be e-mailed to your professor, along with the link to our Test Request Form in order to fill out the bottom portion (granting permission for notes, books, etc).
  3. Come to the DS office at the scheduled date and time prepared to take your exam.

 

Policy on Academic or Scholastic Dishonesty

The DS Testing Center follows all standards of conduct expected of students enrolled at the University, including scholastic dishonesty and the Bronc Honor Code, which are specified by the Student Conduct Code.

 

Committing an Act of Academic or Scholastic Dishonesty

Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to: cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts.

  1. Cheating involves:
    • copying from the test paper of another student, engaging in written, oral, or any other means of communication with another student during a test, or giving aid to or seeking aid from another student during a test;
    • possession and/or use during a test of materials which are not authorized by the person giving the test, such as class notes, books, or specifically designed "crib notes;"
    • using, obtaining, or attempting to obtain by any means the whole or any part of an unadministered test, test key, homework solution, or computer program;
    • collaborating with or seeking aid from another student for an assignment without authority;
    • taking an examination for another person, or permitting another person to take an examination of one's self; and
    • falsifying research data, laboratory reports, and/or other academic work offered for credit.
  2. Plagiarism means the appropriation, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means another's work and the unacknowledged submission or incorporation of it in one's own academic work offered for credit.
  3. Collusion means the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing academic assignments offered for credit or collaboration with another person to commit a violation of any provision of the rules on scholastic dishonesty. Any instance of academic dishonesty will result in an automatic referral to the Student Rights and Responsibilities Office.

(Reference: University of Texas – Pan American Handbook of Operating Procedures Sec. 5.5.2 – Prohibited Acts and Practices 19)

Failure to comply with this notification may result in the student being referred to the Student Rights and Responsibilities Office.

Contact Info

disABILITY Services
Room: University Center 108
Phone: (956) 665-7005
Fax: (956) 665-3840
Email:disabilityservices@utpa.edu

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Mon - Fri 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sat - Sun Closed