Request Accommodations

The Disability Resource Center coordinates academic accommodations, which are determined on a case-by-case and highly individualized basis. Your accommodations will vary based on the faculty course design. We encourage students to make an active decision about the use of accommodations at the very start of each semester. Proactive planning and early communication is the key to successful services and course accommodation implementation.

Each and every semester DRC students are provided the opportunity to request or decline the provision of academic accommodations. Whether its status-quo or changes are needed, requesting accommodations via the DRC is simple!

Just complete and submit the Notification of Academic Accommodations form to the DRC. This form then authorizes the DRC to notify your professors of your accommodations.

At times, disability accommodations will be provided directly by the faculty. In such cases, the DRC will work with you and our faculty partners to ensure smooth coordination of the accommodations. In the online learning environment, the accommodations are coordinated through the DRC. We work directly with your course instructor and the FIU Online Instructional Designers to try our best to ensure all possible measures for accessibility are taken in any format needed.

Schedule an Exam

DRC services include the provision of accommodations to students with disabilities for course tests and exams. These services are available to students who qualify for certain types of accommodations. Common examples of test accommodations include: extended time, scribe services, limited distraction testing rooms, Braille test conversion, and the use of assistive technology.

We utilize an array of testing locations to meet the needs of DRC students. These are comprised by: minimal distraction group testing rooms, small individual rooms that support distraction-reduced testing, in combination with the use of assistive technology.

To schedule an exam and arrange for test taking accommodations via the Disability Resource Center, you are required to submit a completed and signed Exam Proctor form. This form is specific to each course you are enrolled in.

Schedule all your DRC exam accommodations reservation at the start of the semester so that we can meet your service needs. In order to guarantee room availability and proper time accommodations, a completed Exam Proctor Form should be submitted at least 5 business days prior in order to ensure all necessary steps are coordinated by the exam date.

If an exam date is reported less than two business days in advance, the DRC will not be able to guarantee proctoring the exam. Changes or additional exam dates can be provided by the professor to the Testing Coordinator later on in the semester, as long as it is provided one week before the scheduled exam.

Plan to take your test with accommodations at the DRC at the same time as your class takes the exam. Should other class conflicts arise, let us know promptly so that we may coordinate with the faculty and discuss options.

DRC exam accommodations are scheduled within the department's days and hours of operation. If your course is scheduled outside of business operations, let us know when you submit the Exam Proctor Form. We will work with you and the faculty to discuss options.


If you are registered and approved to receive testing accommodations with the Disability Resource Center, you will either be testing at the University Testing Center located in GL 120 (Group 1) or you will be testing at DRC’s main office in GC 190 (Group 2).

Your testing location will depend on the type of testing accommodations that you currently receive from the Disability Resource Center.


Group 1, University Testing Center: Students in this group have standard testing accommodations that can be provided in a low distraction area. Accommodations that fall under this group include but are not limited to Minimal Distraction Testing Environment and Extended time on Exams.

On the day of the exam, you will report to the testing center in GL 120 (Green Library next to the Starbucks) at least 10 minutes before your test. You do not have to report to the DRC on the test date – please report directly to University Testing Center.

UTC’s Testing Hours are: Monday, Tuesday, and Friday 9:00am-5:00pm; Wednesday and Thursday 9:00am-8:00pm


Group 2, Disability Resource Center: Students in this group have further specialized accommodations that can only be provided in a private testing room setting or with specialized equipment only available at the DRC office (e.g. Use of Reader/Scribe, CCTV, Adaptive Software, etc). These students will continue to report to the DRC located in GC 190 in order to receive these specific accommodations. Remember to arrive at least 10 minutes before your test.

DRC Testing Hours at the MMC campus are: Monday-Thursday 8:00am-6:00pm; Friday 8:00am-5:00pm


BBC students: Please note that your exams will still be taken at the DRC office in WUC-131 until this new process is implemented at BBC campus within the next academic year.


What steps do you follow and what forms do you need to complete to schedule an exam?

 1. Exam Proctor Form must be completed and submitted to the DRC at least 5 business days before the exam date. This form can be emailed to or dropped off in person to GC 190. If this form is received less than five business days before the exam, the DRC cannot guarantee that the student will receive their full accommodations on the requested date/time. 

 2. Once the Exam Proctor Form is processed by the Disability Resource Center, you will receive a confirmation email verifying the scheduled exam information such as the date, time, and location of the test. Students are responsible for contacting the DRC immediately if any of the information in their confirmation email is incorrect or needs to be changed. 

3. On the day of the exam, you will report to their testing location (as per the confirmation email mentioned above) at least 10 minutes prior to their testing appointment. In the event that the student arrives late for their testing appointment, the exam may need to be rescheduled. As a reminder, tests will NOT take place outside of the testing facility’s hours of operation. Please keep in mind the hours of operation provided above as well as any extended time accommodations you have when scheduling your test.

Any changes to the test date and time need to be communicated to the DRC at least 5 business days in advance and with the professor's written approval.

Requesting accessible textbooks

The DRC provides accessible versions of instructional print materials to eligible students with disabilities. Faculty, staff, and students are able to convert materials to a variety of formats by themselves using Sensus Access. 

However, if textbooks or other materials are not available in electronic formats and need to be converted, students would need to complete an Electronic Textbook Request Form at least 4 weeks before the semester starts to allow sufficient time to receive the accessible text.

Students who are wishing to obtain alternative format textbooks are encouraged to first check the resources provided below (such as HathiTrust and Bookshare). These resources often allow for direct access to textbooks in alternative formats. If students are unable to obtain their textbook(s) in an alternative format from the available resources or online vendors, they must purchase textbook(s) in hard copy, PDF, or e-book format.

From there, students should submit the online Electronic Textbook Request Form noted above, provide proof of purchase (i.e. receipt showing you own a hardcopy of the textbook you are requesting to obtain in an accessible format), and specify which format is preferred.

To acquire materials requested by students, DRC collaborates with publishers and outside agencies to receive the material in the requested format. If the necessary format is not available, then the DRC converts materials in house which requires a longer processing time.

  • What steps should you take each semester?

    • Determine what materials are used in your course
    • If purchasing textbooks, try to select electronic formats
    • If electronic materials are not available, request to have the textbooks converted by the DRC as soon as possible. The acquisition and conversion processes are extremely time consuming, please submit the Electronic Textbook Request Form at least 4 weeks before the start of the semester. Make sure to upload proof of purchase for each of the converted textbooks being requested.
    • Allow 7-14 business days for the DRC to contact you with any follow-up questions or status updates.
      • The time frame to convert a textbook to an alternative format can vary based on the number of textbooks requested by each student and what specific textbook is being requested. In addition, the number or pages and amount of content in each textbook can also increase the turnaround time.


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