DSS Forms & Resources

Accommodation Requests for DSS Students


Testing Accommodations

COVID-19 Spring 2021 Testing Process

DSS will continue to provide some form of proctoring services for DSS students with testing accommodations. At this time, DSS will be available to provide limited remote proctor services via Zoom, but will not be providing face-to-face proctoring services except for extremely rare situations when a student might need adaptive technology etc. that is only offered through our testing rooms.

As the University hopes to return to some in-person classes at some point this semester, our office will resume some in-person services at that time.

  • If the instructor is doing a live virtual exam for the rest of the class and they are unable to proctor the DSS student extended time accommodation requirements, DSS can provide virtual proctoring services.
  • If the class' exam is not being proctored, the DSS stduent does not need to be proctored either, but their testing accommodations would still be applicable if requested.
  • If an exam will be administered via Blackboard/other testing platform, the faculty will be required to set up the extended test time accommodation parameters in the testing platform as DSS does not have access to set those parameters.
  • If the instructor requires the class to complete the exam during the usual meeting time, but they are not virtually proctoring the students, it is possible the DSS student may need to work with the professor to schedule a different date/time to take the exam in order to not miss another class while still receiving their approved extended test time accommodation. 
  • Virtual Testing Accommodations FAQs
  • Detailed Testing Instructions
  • Submitting a Testing Request

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to the COVID-19 situation resulting in virtual learning environments, students are responsible to speak to their professor well in advance about the use of their approved testing accommodations. Only the individual faculty for a course can set up extended test time in the virtual classroom, but your professor will not know to do this for you unless you specifically request to use your testing accommodations for each specific exam/ quiz. Contact DSS at DSStesting@callutheran.edu with any questions.

Finals Testing Request Deadline: 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 by 4:00pm

Foreign Language Placement Exams

Foreign Language Placement Exams are taken to assess a student's level of proficiency in a foreign labugyage to determine the appropriate level for placement and/or proficiency of a foreign language.

Books in Alternative Format

Effective Friday, August 14, 2020, as part of requesting Books in Alternative Format, DSS students will only be able to submit Books in Alternative Format Requests (now known as “Alternative Format”) within Accommodate. Students will log in to Accommodate to submit an Alternative Format request and also upload proof of purchase to this request. Please review the instructions below on how to submit an Alternative Format Request. Once a student submits an Alternative Format Request, DSS will receive notification of the submission. Please note proof of purchase and semester/term activation are required to fully process each request.

For step by step instructions, please review the documents through the links below

Notetaking Accommodation Request 

Note taking requests are submitted through Accommodate. When you activate through Accommodate, if note taking is one of your approved accommodations, you will see an Accessibility Accommodation Request titled  "Classroom Accommodations/Note Taking Services."  Be sure the course or courses you would like to request a note taker for are "checked off!"  After you submit your Semester Activation through Accommodate and after it is reviewed by DSS, a note taker request(s) will be submitted on your behalf for any course which is checked off.  For information on retrieving your uploaded notes from Accommodate, please view this instructional video. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 805-493-3464 or dss@callutheran.edu . 


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Scholarship Opportunities

Office for Civil Rights

This website comes from the U.S. Department of Education. It helps educate students with disabilities transitioning into college about their rights, their responsibilities, and general services provided at an institution. There is a thorough section with responses to the questions typically asked by students with disabilities as they head into college.