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Norman Student Accommodations

Students must initiate their request for reasonable accommodation through the Accessibility and Disability Resource Center. Accommodations are provided on an individual basis dependent on the need for services and documentation of disability as stated in the above information. Students will meet with a staff member for an initial intake and to jointly identify appropriate accommodations. Students should update their request for accommodation at least each semester, or as needed.

Advocacy

The Accessibility and Disability Resource Center will provide advocacy to students in the areas of consultation and conflict resolution. In addition, ADRC will provide information and referrals to community resources as well as student organizations and activities. ADRC staff will assist students in interpersonal skills development and leadership opportunities. Although the ADRC staff advocates for student needs, it is equally important that students learn to advocate for themselves. Students need to understand their strengths, learn to identify areas for improvement, know their rights and responsibilities, and know where to go for assistance. Early in the semester students should schedule a meeting with their instructors, and be prepared to discuss their needs and refer the instructor to the ADRC if they need additional information to assist them in providing the appropriate accommodations

Architectural Accessibility
This includes assistance in removing architectural barriers on campus or rescheduling classes to accessible facilities.

Interpreter and Real Time Captioning Services

The Accessibility and Disability Resource Center will coordinate interpreter and real time captioning services on campus. We strive to provide the highest quality accommodations by hiring qualified interpreters and captionists. Students are encouraged to pre-enroll to ensure availability of interpreters and real time captionists. It is important to provide schedule information to the ADRC as soon as possible and to communicate with ADRC staff about class schedules at pre-enrollment.

Note-Taking Services

In most situations, a system of peer volunteer note takers is used at the University. With the student's permission, the faculty member is contacted to assist in identifying a volunteer note taker in class. Students can expect a one or two-week period to pass before note taker accommodations are completely implemented. The ADRC will provide two-part carbonless (NCR) paper for use by the note taker for handwritten notes. It is the student's responsibility to pick up this NCR paper from the ADRC and deliver it to the note taker. Students may also wish to tape record class lectures. Students are expected to take their own notes in class and to use the notes from the note taker as a supplementary set of notes to compare to their own and ensure that they are getting the information correct. Note takers are not a substitute for class attendance, and notes will not be provided for class sessions where the student is not in attendance

E-Text Request Form

E-Text requests will be accepted for students registered with the ADRC who require an alternative text format due to a print or reading disability and have been approved for them as a reasonable accommodation.  Proof of purchase will be required before an alternative text format can be released to the student.  Please select the link below and return all forms to the ADRC or email adrc@ou.edu

E-text request form (Web-based, accessible)

E-text copyright agreement form (Web-based, accessible)

Alternative Testing Location

Test-proctoring services are available between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, with the exception of Finals Week when exams are proctored 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Please note that exams must be completed by 4:30 pm. Students can schedule appointments for alternative testing at this website: iadvise.ou.edu/drc, and are expected to do so no later than 5 university days in advance; failure to do so will result in a wait time of at least 30 minutes without access to materials or electronics.  The exam sign-up page may also be accessed under the  Quicklinks  section on the bottom left-hand side of our home page by clicking on Sign-Up for Exams.  Instructors are automatically notified when a student signs up for an exam to be taken at the ADRC. Tests may be delivered to the ADRC office by the instructor in person, by fax, via e-mail, or brought by the student and returned in the same manner. Exams are normally administered during the same time that the class as a whole is taking the exam unless there are extenuating circumstances. Any rescheduling must be approved by the instructor and be scheduled within the ADRC’s proctoring hours in order to be taken at the ADRC. If a change in a test format is required as a reasonable accommodation, the ADRC staff will work with the student and instructor to discuss appropriate formats. Alternative testing is provided to allow a student to accurately demonstrate their knowledge and achievement as opposed to measuring the impact of the disability. Students are expected to uphold the academic integrity of the University. Any incidents of alleged academic misconduct discovered by the ADRC staff will be reported for action under the Academic Misconduct Code for the Norman campus. The ADRC staff uses cameras to monitor students taking exams.

Facilitating Accommodation Requests for Outside Entities

If a student requires accommodation on any standardized tests such as the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, etc., it is the student's responsibility to contact the outside entity to obtain information about their accommodation procedures. There is typically a paper request form that is required by these entities. In order for the Accessibility and Disability Resource Center to release information regarding services and the student's documentation on file with the ADRC office, the student must submit the request in a timely manner and sign a Release of Information Form. Please allow sufficient time for us to complete and return this form so that you can return it to the outside entity with sufficient time to make the necessary accommodation arrangements. Please note that many outside entities have recency requirements on documentation.

Tutoring

Appointments can be scheduled with the Accessibility and Disability Resource Center staff for one-to-one sessions for development of study skills and learning strategies.

Equipment

The Accessibility and Disability Resource Center is equipped with a Braille printer, computers with speech synthesis and speech recognition, scanners, assistive listening devices, tape players, DVD players, and a CCTV. In addition, upon request, specific furnishing can be placed in the classrooms for those students who cannot use the existing seating.

Adaptive Computer Labs

Computer labs equipped with adaptive technology are located at Couch Center, Walker Center, Physical Sciences Center, Dale Hall Tower, Oklahoma Memorial Union, Bizzell Memorial Library and in the Accessibility and Disability Resource Center. The equipment includes personal computers, word processing software with spell and grammar check, large print software, speech recognition software (Dragon-Dictate), speech synthesizers, optical character recognition systems, Braille printers (DRC and Bizzell), and laser printers.

Reader Services
Students are encouraged to obtain tape-recorded textbooks from sources such as the Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped or Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic. Applications for these programs are available in the Accessibility and Disability Resource Center. Limited in-house recording is provided for students if these traditional resources cannot meet their needs. Reader services are provided as required for exams.

Library Assistance

Appointments can be scheduled with the Accessibility and Disability Resource Center staff for research assistance in the main library or branch libraries as required.

Faculty Notification
The Accessibility and Disability Resource Center will notify instructors of specific accommodations via e-mail to their OU e-mail accounts, but will only do so at the student’s request. In order to submit a request for instructor notification, students will need to visit the ADRC website http://drc.ou.edu and select “Semester Accommodation Request” from the menu. Once you have logged on using your OU four-by-four and password, your semester schedule will be viewable on screen. You should select accommodations for which you have been approved for each of your classes, and then submit. This process must be completed each semester in order to receive accommodations. Students are, of course, encouraged to be self-advocates and are expected to identify themselves to the instructor and discuss the specific accommodations authorized by the ADRC.

Email Usage

The staff of the Accessibility and Disability Resource Center has found that the use of e-mail has increased the speed and effectiveness of the way in which we communicate information of interest and address the concerns of students. Students are encouraged to routinely check their e-mail to obtain information on scholarship opportunities, activities, workforce recruitment, priority enrollment dates and other items of interest to the disability community. Student e-mail accounts on the OU system are automatically set up; however, new users must activate the account by going to http://account.ou.edu  Students who do not own a personal computer, may go to one of the computer labs on campus to activate his or her account. The student’s username and password are essential to utilize e-mail, access a personal Web page, use a computer lab, enroll for courses, check grades online, etc. Students may check e-mail accounts at the ADRC office or at any of the OU computer labs on campus. E-mail accounts can be checked from home by going to http://oumail.ou.edu