Office of Student Life

Disability Services

Operational Changes in SLDS Exam Services

July 20, 2021

In the coming academic year, Student Life Disability Services (SLDS, Columbus campus) will resume offering in-person exam proctoring. Prior to the pandemic, the number of SLDS-proctored exams doubled between autumn 2014 and autumn 2019. In order to meet this growing demand with the available resources, SLDS (Columbus) will be making the following operational changes this autumn:

  1. Seat Cap for Scheduling: Historically, SLDS has not limited the number of exams that could be scheduled at the same time. Going forward, students will only be able to schedule an exam in our AIM database if there truly is a seat available.
  2. 3-Day Scheduling Window: To implement the seat cap while meeting exam demand, SLDS will allow students to schedule their exams within a 3-day window (class exam day + 2 days after). Students are expected to schedule as close to their class time as possible, but due to the seat cap and scheduling conflicts this will not be feasible for all assessments. Faculty will be required to be flexible in allowing students to test within this 3-day window. Instructors may choose to create different versions of their exam (of equivalent difficulty).
  3. Start Times on the Half-Hour: To maximize efficiency of available seats, SLDS will require exam start times to be scheduled on half-hour increments (10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.). SLDS will also implement a plus or minus 15-minute grace period for check-ins to accommodate students’ travel time or class conflicts.

For more details, please visit our 2021-2022 Operational Changes page.