DSS Forms & Resources
Accommodation Requests for DSS Students
In order to utilize your approved testing accommodations, DSS students must submit a Testing Request for every exam/quiz testing accommodations are needed at least 1 week (7 days) before the in-class exam date, regardless if DSS is needed for proctoring. DSS is able to provide in-person proctoring for DSS students with approved testing accommodations. DSS will not be providing virtual proctoring except in rare circumstances determined by the DSS office. Be sure to check your CLU email for any updates or announcements regarding testing. Please review the following points:
- The DSS student must review and agree to DSS’ safety guidelines for in-person proctoring. These guidelines will also be sent to the student’s CLU email for each Testing Request submitted and the DSS student must respond to confirm their agreement.
- If the DSS student is experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms, has been exposed to COVID-19 or tested positive for COVID-19, they must notify DSS immediately by email or phone to cancel their proctoring session. DSS will work with the student to reschedule their exam. The student should also contact Health Services. For our policy on proctoring for sick students during COVID-19, click here.
- Cal Lutheran staff, faculty, and students are currently strongly recommended to wear well-fitted masks in indoor spaces as per CDC guidance.
- If an exam is to be administered via Blackboard/other testing platform, the faculty member 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. Make sure to speak with your faculty member to ensure Blackboard parameters have been set up correctly.
For testing instructions and resources, please review the links below:
- Testing Request- Written Instructions
- Testing Request- Video Instructions
- Detailed Testing Reminders
- Proctoring for Sick Students During COVID-19 Policy
- Safety Guidelines for In-Person Proctoring
- Testing Accommodations FAQs
Finals Testing Request Deadline:
Monday, April 17, 2023 by 4:00pm
Foreign Language Placement Exams
Foreign Language Placement Exams are taken to assess a student's level of proficiency in a foreign language to determine the appropriate level for placement and/or proficiency of a foreign language.
- If you are interested in taking a Foreign Language Placement Exam, please visit the CLU Language & Cultures site here: Language & Cultures Resources: Foreign Language Placement Exam.
- For DSS students who need their Foreign Language Placement Exam proctored with extended time, click here: Testing Accommodations Process for Foreign Language Placement Exam
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 alternative format instructions and resources, please review the links below:
- Alternative Format Request- Written Instructions
- Alternative Format Request- Video Instructions
- Submitting Proof of Purchase
- Text to Speech Programs
- Natural Reader
- Adobe Reader
- Google Chrome Extenstion
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 add/ drop a class after you have already activated for the current semester/ term, you need to email DSSnotes@callutheran.edu to let us know of the changes. And, if you decide that you no longer need a note taker for a specific class, contact our office so we can cancel that specific request.
If you have any questions, please contact our office at 805-493-3464 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registering with DSS
- DSS Student Handbook
- Etiquette for Service Animal Team Interaction
- Notetaker Interest Form - Please fill out this form to let DSS know that you would be willing to provide notes for a fellow student with a disability, if needed. Please see the form for additional details and instructions.
- Request to Access DSS Records
- Instructions for Downloading Copy of Official/Semester Based Letter of Accommodations
- Instructions for Viewing Disability Information in Accommodate
Office of 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.